At the end of this month, Cate Le Bon rolls into Patterns in Brighton to give a live performance like you’ll not find anywhere else. Unusual and uncompromising, Le Bon spouts surprisingly dark lyrics served on a palatable plate of sunny west coast guitars and psychedelic swirls. The Welsh born, LA based singer songwriter has carved her own niche in so many of our musical libraries, but for those unfamiliar or those looking to refresh the favourites, here are our picks of her quality sound crop…
A cruisy introduction to Cate’s capabilities, ‘Fold The Cloth’ puts layered guitar riffs in pride of place, with her angelic soprana wafting above and steady beat. This popular release is accompanied by a strange and artistic music video, as are so many of her wonderful musical creations.
Wonderfully melancholy, Me Oh My is a steady trudge into the last of the night. Beginning with low key guitar, it warps its way into dissonant electronica, a fantastic soundscape to illustrate the poignant lyrics: “I fought the night, and the night broke me”
The lyrics a beautiful mystery; the delicate guitar a familiar comfort, ‘Oh Am Gariad’ is an acoustic folk number which Le Bon sings in her native Welsh. Near the top of her register, it’s a blast from the 60s past, when stages were filled with pure toned sopranos and their guitars.
A new one from Le Bon from her forthcoming album Crab day, Wonderful is sprightly, catchy, with an unshakeable urgency bordering on unhinged. But that’s why we love her right? Clocking in at only 2’36, this time Cate is straight to the point.
For this release Le Bon teams up with Seattle based Mike Hadreas AKA Perfume Genius. Their soft voices compliment each other perfectly as this ambling number allows the melody to shine.
Memories locked in objects – we all have them. The scrap of paper, the shell, the toy… For Le Bon it’s a collection of mugs her memories are wrapped up in. ‘I forget the detail, but know the warmth’; the piano refrain and faint vocal tones as nostalgic and painfully out of reach as the past she sings of.