RECOMMENDATIONS – Cate Le Bon: Crab Day

Cate Le Bon

Cate Timothy (Cate Le Bon) has experienced moderate success in the past few years. Moving to LA in 2013 to further her music career, she has since released Mug Museum (2013), Crab Day (2016), and her latest EP, released in January of this year: Rock Pool (2017).

Cate’s early exposure can be attributed to her involvement with other internationally known musicians. She supported Gruff Rhys (of the Super Furry Animals) on a solo tour in 2007, and since then has gone on to either support or record with a number of high profile musicians: Kevin Morby, Manic Street Preachers and other musicians involved in possibly the best known welsh bands, Super Furry Animals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.

Since performing with these bands, Le Bon has developed her own widespread audience in both the UK and the US, though still produces music drawn from her Welsh roots, with her music possessing a clear air of ‘Welsh-ness’.

Crab Day is Cate Le Bon’s latest LP release. Despite the album being different in style to her earliest release, Mug Museum, Le Bon produced an album of great quality. Drawing inspiration from her niece for the title, Crab Day is both surreal and interesting. Don’t dismiss the album on first listen if you didn’t enjoy it. Go back, listen to Cate Le Bon’s earlier releases, and revisit it later – you will be glad you did so.

For a glimpse into the instrumental backing to the album, and an insight into the mind of Cate Le Bon, take a look at the accompanying film of the same title, directed by Phil Collins.

Artist: Cate Le Bon
Label: Drag City and Turnstile Music
Release date: April 15, 2016
Tracks: 10
Play time: 36 mins
Standout track: What’s Not Mine
Rating:  ★★★★☆

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