CATE LE BON
with very special guests
Thursday 6th December 2012
Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
8pm / 18+ show
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Cate Le Bon, the Cardiff-based singer who popped up on Gruff Rhys’s Neon Neon album before issuing her own debut album, My Oh My, in 2010, has had a triumphant return with her second album, CYRK, back in April 2012. Nominated for 2012 Welsh Music Prize, she's created one hell of a storm!
“CYRK is like a time travel travelogue which continually returns the sea,” says Le Bon, who took the album’s title from the Polish word for Circus and took inspiration from a trip to the Isle Of Eigg. “I mostly write about the sea, matters of the heart and animals – or a mish-mash of all three.”
"Le Bon's days as a farmgirl in West Wales may be long behind her, but she's clearly held on to certain agricultural principles: namely, that the right amounts of patience and nurturing can produce glorious yields." Pitchfork
“How would I describe the album?” muses Cate Le Bon. “Cut a remote island in two and place one half to your ear…”
The completed album is a 35-minute blast of colour, ever-changing as it whizzes from the garage pop opener Falcon Eyed to piano-led Puts Me To Work and the psychedelic title track. Elsewhere, the delights of Fold The Cloth, The Man I Wanted (“The only time that I have put a recorder track down and not been ridiculed for it. Result.”), the proggy Through The Mill and closing number Ploughing Out, a track so epic it demanded to be split into two parts. “The song ends with a cacophony of instruments, a mixture of everything that has appeared on the album,” says Le Bon. “It's the finale. I make my saxophone debut; it will also be the last time I ever play saxophone. I very nearly ruptured my cheeks.”
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