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Editors’ Notes

Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon enlists the services of Devendra Banhart/Joanna Newsom producer Noah Georgeson to help find the right balance between minimalism and a musical breakdown. The best tracks on her third album, Mug Museum, are held together by a thumping electric bass guitar, a near-barren drum set, and her voice in one speaker; guitars or keyboards move in from the other. It creates the feel of a pop and folk singer from another era—likely the early ‘70s, when the U.K., especially, seemed to find these outliers on a regular basis (to potentially rule out their position as outliers). Though the album was recorded in her new home of Los Angeles, there’s nothing in these spooky songs (“No God,” “I Think I Knew”) to suggest she’s done anything differently. A full band comes a-crankin’ for “I Can’t Help You,” “Wild," and “Sisters,” and whatever lessons they learned from The Velvet Underground are put to good use.

Customer Reviews


It's been a while since I left a review but this album was in great need of a user review. I just downloaded it earlier today but I've listen through twice. Great art-pop album! Simple rhythms combined with beautiful dense melodies make this both easy to listen to yet has enough depth to bring you back for more. Bradford Cox of Deerhunter recommended this album and I'm not dissapointed!

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing

Look at the "ITUNEs Editors"'s condescending comments on this album. The Velvet Underground is used. I bet his (because this has to be a guy) pre- Velvet Underground band will leave it's mark. Listen to music. Buy it if you like it.


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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