“Her third album is as wonderfully weird as any of its predecessors. There’s now sparseness in her music, plus a cool confidence that showcases her knack for the surreal more than ever” NME
“One of the most characterful voices of recent times” MOJO
“This is music that hovers at the edges of modern life, out of time but in its own glorious world” Q Magazine
Cate Le Bon hails from Carmarthenshire, rural West Wales and is currently a resident of Highland Park, Los Angeles, having relocated across the pacific, coinciding with the recording of her new album 'Mug Museum', released in 2013 on Wichita/Turnstile.
Towards the end of 2012, having completed extensive touring for her previous album, Cyrk, Cate returned to Wales to write the songs that would become Mug Museum. The album was informed by a period of taking stock after bereavement. ‘Following the death of my maternal Grandmother I felt a very palpable shift in the roles that we’d all become accustomed to within the female line of the family which, for the first time, had me mulling over the importance of my placement and purpose within this female chain’ says Le Bon. ‘The album’s theme emerged from and circulates around these maternal familial relationships and this period of calm, lengthy, intent consideration in turn drew other relationships into the Mug Museum.’
‘Welsh – Californian’ is a phrase that captures the album’s sound: woozily melodic, dreamily confident and wrapped in a hazy psychedelic gauze. This is a record made with the type of clarity that follows a change in perspective and situation. There is a directness and openness across the ten tracks on 'Mug Museum' that suggest everyone involved had discovered the same lightness of touch and sense of purpose.
Her first album Me Oh My was released on Gruff Rhys’s Irony Bored label in 2009 and was followed by Cyrk (OVNI/Turnstile) which was released to widespread acclaim in 2012 and saw her play live across the world, including being invited by St Vincent to tour the United States. Le Bon has been a frequent collaborator, she sang the duet ‘I Lust You’ with Gruff Rhys on Neon Neon's debut album Stainless Style. ‘4 Lonely Roads’, a forthcoming track on Manic Street Preachers' Rewind The Film album features Le Bon on lead vocals.
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