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With Cate Le Bon’s sophomore album, the Welsh chanteuse approximates the vintage vinyl in her record collection with songs that collage old tones and artful psychedelia alongside an abstract take on baroque pop. The quirky, analog-scrambled “Falcon Eyed” opens like Nico singing for The United States of America. Muted vocals coo reservedly over pre-punk rhythms as a hypnotic mantra of Moog tones keep up with the pace of a Velvet Underground–derived guitar jangle. It sounds like source inspiration for Stereolab and Broadcast—bands that came before Le Bon. Her equally demure approach to “Puts Me to Work” is matched by antiquated parlor piano, but here the grit and grime of those VU influences gets wrapped in a comforting, pastoral Welsh blanket that has more in common with 2001’s The Blue Trees by Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (also from Wales). In the angular title track, the vintage guitars play through dirty and distorted fuzz. Le Bon finds her voice in “Fold the Cloth,” where her fetching falsetto soars over what sounds like an outtake from Dungen’s Ta Det Lugnt.

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Let this Welsh songstress steal your heart!

Cate Le Bon has mostly gone overlooked in 2012. Her multiple releases CYRK I & II make up a great collection of tunes. Think Nico with Vashti Bunyan, add jangly guitars and quirky (that's a compliment) song structures and you get the idea. Don't miss out on one of 2012's overlooked gems (and do check out the follow up "II" as well)


Born: Penboyr, West Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Cardiff, Wales native Cate Le Bon matched her slightly spooky, fragile voice with dark lyrics -- she confessed to being death-fixated -- and a sparse, spindly guitar sound. In 2007, she opened for Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, with whom she occasionally collaborated, during a tour of the U.K. That same year, she self-released her first single, "No One Can Drag Me Down"/"Disappear," and recorded an album, Pet Deaths, which was shelved. Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg, a Welsh-language EP, was...
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