Cate Le Bon - classic or dud

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Well - I say classic, as I am very fond of her doomy neo-folk music. But what about you?

The New Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 5 January 2011 16:27 (eight years ago) link

I have only heard one song of hers, on WFMU, but it was fantastic.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 6 January 2011 02:28 (eight years ago) link

The album "Me Oh My" is amazingly good. I bought it on the strength of one track, which turned out not to even be the best thing on it.

The New Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 6 January 2011 16:57 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

i like this. i think it's something i'd need to be in the right mood for, though.

it's like vu + nico with a folk-prog overlay.

reconstituted pork offal slurry (get bent), Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:27 (seven years ago) link

This is really good! She seems undeservedly overlooked.

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Sunday, 8 January 2012 01:15 (seven years ago) link

*to be

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Sunday, 8 January 2012 01:15 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Very undeservedly slept-on. Both LPs are fantastic.

Deverly (Bangelo), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:00 (seven years ago) link

new album is rad but is getting released three months later in the UK than the US - don't totally get the deal w/ that

Sylv_ebanks (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 10 March 2012 00:00 (seven years ago) link

nine months pass...

Finally getting around to this, I think the Le Bon moniker put me off checking it out. Particularly fond of 'Fold the Cloth' which mines the hiterto unexplored seam between Broadcast and the Incredible String Band.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Thursday, 3 January 2013 14:41 (six years ago) link

Classic. Both her albums are fantastic, as are her EPs. Looking bright.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 3 January 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

Her "debut" on Neon Neon was nice as well. Good looking out, Gruff.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 3 January 2013 16:16 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

New one coming soon. First track released feature Perfume Genius: http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/cate-le-bon-announces-new-album-listen-to-i-think-i-knew-feat-perfume-genius

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:43 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Mug Museum is fan-fookin'-tastic. Basically adore this woman.

alpine static, Sunday, 10 November 2013 06:00 (five years ago) link

She's been my main listening since finding out about her a few months ago. Still gathering my thoughts I why she's such a talent, but some listens to Mug Museum have me convinced. This is quite a run of albums.

bendy, Monday, 11 November 2013 01:53 (five years ago) link

Not had chance to listen to the album yet, but our mug is lovely & only slightly wonky.

Wandering Boy Poet, Monday, 11 November 2013 13:17 (five years ago) link

Just seconding the Mug Museum praise. This is seriously good. Should have a higher profile here.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:26 (five years ago) link

yep, CateLB rules, i've only heard bits and bobs of mug museum but me oh my and cyrk were both singular and great, a really endearing mix of sublime earthiness and scrappiness. are you with me now reminds me of linda thompson a bit . Excitingly, she's touring n the new year.

cw, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 21:06 (five years ago) link

This record is so good. Listening to it for the first time now & every song within seconds becomes ridiculously charming.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 18 November 2013 16:35 (five years ago) link

I think I like her last two better right now. The second half hasn't worked too well for me yet. Cyrk + Cyrk II are a great pair.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 November 2013 17:44 (five years ago) link

And yeah, I like the mug. It's sitting on a bookshelf.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 November 2013 17:45 (five years ago) link

"no god" bites galaxie 500's "king of spain" in a really tasty way

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 18 November 2013 20:05 (five years ago) link

I like the second side better now. Mirror Me has this sort of sluggish rhythm that she always somehow makes lively. This record has fuller production, which is sometimes less distinctive than the early ones, but it's still top notch. Topper notch in places. Totally dig the Andy Mackay-like fills on the opener.

bendy, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:30 (five years ago) link

I found out recently "Le Bon" isn't her surname. :\

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:39 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnYVaB6IJck

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:47 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

Saw her and her band open for Warpaint last night. Sometimes I like her Nico meets something or other vocals and other times she sounds screechy and annoying. Her guitar playing and the band sounded pretty good most of the time, in a Super Furry Animals meets Velvets and Stereolab way.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:09 (five years ago) link

thought this said "Cat LeBron" - was disappointed

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:37 (five years ago) link

I love her voice and I love her guitar playing even more. I don't know if I like half of her latest album, although I haven't listened to it enough. Her first two are great back-to-front.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:48 (five years ago) link

Don't know her solo work very well, but her guest vocal on the last Manics record was pretty swell.

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:52 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Wtqj1uyro

that's my fav

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 21:00 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Cate Le Bon wrote some of my favorite words of 2013 on her album Mug Museum. White Fence is the swirly psych-like music of Tim Presley. Cate and Tim are friends — Cate played guitar on a tour with White Fence — and so now there's this: DRINKS.

DRINKS has an album coming August 21 and this is the title track, called "Hermits on Holiday." The percussion is a machine at the start, the guitar distinctly Cate, as is that thickly Welsh voice. Tim plays bass on this song, though he told me on the phone that they swap instruments a lot on the album. When that bass kicks in, so does White Fence drummer Nick Murray and the song's lockstep rhythm loosens up, as if it's had a drink. The easy joy and silliness here make me look forward to hearing the full album, Hermits on Holiday.

http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/05/18/406758565/song-premiere-drinks-hermits-on-holiday?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=allsongs&utm_term=music&utm_content=20150518

Love Cate, but the song is about as boring as the name of her new band. It's also kind of annoying. It's a shame because I kind of had a feeling they'd sound like this.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 May 2015 21:24 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

Classic - maybe my favorite live performer right now, I find her mesmerizing. Bowery Ballroom show on Monday was great, and what I've heard of the new record sounds v. promising (love the Wonderful video). Seen her four times now and each time she makes it new.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 15 April 2016 00:18 (three years ago) link

I like the new one. I don't think any of the songs are as strong as the best material on Cyrk or Mug Museum, but her guitar playing remains great. Her backing band is pretty cool, too: Josh Klinghoffer from RHCP and the drummer from Warpaint.

H. Hawkline also rules. People need to listen to him.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 15 April 2016 13:39 (three years ago) link

"Find Me" is awesome.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 15 April 2016 13:39 (three years ago) link

I think on first acquaintance I might like Crab day best of all CLB's records. Generally she ricochets back and forth between dolorous gorgeousness & a kind of endearing spazziness, whereas this one sort of does both at the same time all the way through. I certainly don't hear any dip in the songwriting either from mug museum. i was a bit worried after drinks, but this great.

cw, Monday, 18 April 2016 21:46 (three years ago) link

Nothing as good as 'Shoeing the Bones' or 'Fold the Cloth' to my ears.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:56 (three years ago) link

The album has grown on me, but was a let down for the first bunch of listens. Had to come to terms with the realization that as long as she's so drawn to LA, she's not going to be making more 'Shoeing the Bones' or 'Fold the Cloth' styled material. I rate her as one of the top minds at work right now, so I'm not sure if I'm cutting her too much slack, or catching up with where she's going.

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:15 (three years ago) link

It reminds me a bit of H. Hawkline's songs.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 22:51 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7KzWaLIHIA

JoeStork, Monday, 16 January 2017 18:35 (two years ago) link

Great track - like the Ashes to Ashes visual cues. She's playing here tonight, but Monday night shows after work are a drag.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Monday, 16 January 2017 21:49 (two years ago) link

never seen a less than great show (but understand getting out on a Monday). she's transfixing.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:25 (two years ago) link

Pretty bummed to not feel like I can go tbh - love her. I work nights as well :-/

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:38 (two years ago) link

she's always been so great. and she's getting weirder. love love love it.

alpine static, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 07:10 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Listening to the Banana album right now.

Enjoyable vibraphone wanderings over saxophone and piano.

I've always loved al little vibraphone. Not exactly a Cate Le Bon release, but Banaa includes her and the backing band she performed Crab Day with when she toured last year.

Stephen Black – Clarinet, Saxophone
Huw Evans – Guitar, Synthesizer
Josh Klinghoffer – Marimba, Synthesizer
Cate Le Bon – Piano, Vibraphone
Stella Mozgawa – Bass, Marimba, Percussion
Josiah Steinbrick – Vibraphone, Piano

http://leavingrecords.com/releases/lr105-banana-live/

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:27 (two years ago) link

Josh Klinghoffer of RHCP, of course.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:27 (two years ago) link

she had a really gorgeous feature on one of the recent manic street preachers albums, i need to check out her stuff

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:29 (two years ago) link

4 Lonely Roads, really nice. Also sang I Lust U with Neon Neon.

Just picked up Ghouls by her partner, H. Hawkline. CLB plays and sings on it and it very much has similar vibe, really good

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:57 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"Rock Pool" is a really nice EP. Easy to see how these cuts did not make it on "Crab Day", they definitely feel like solid b-sides. If you love that album this is a nice reprise of that style and the cuts are overall a bit more accessible and far more chill.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Monday, 20 February 2017 22:25 (two years ago) link

There's a sorta experimental film called Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by a young director named - and I kid you not - Phil Collins, which uses Cate Le Bon songs from Mug Museum but redone by a bunch of Glaswegian amateurs. The version of Are You With Me Now is particularly good. Anyways, it's recommended for fans, and is a fun film in general.

Frederik B, Monday, 20 February 2017 23:17 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUb1Y41lz3s

city worker, Friday, 17 March 2017 19:43 (two years ago) link

There's a sorta experimental film called Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by a young director named - and I kid you not - Phil Collins, which uses Cate Le Bon songs from Mug Museum but redone by a bunch of Glaswegian amateurs. The version of Are You With Me Now is particularly good. Anyways, it's recommended for fans, and is a fun film in general.

Any clues as to how to watch this, hear this etc? Found part of one song on the trailer on youtube but other than that nothing on the usual places.

everything, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:05 (two years ago) link

Sorry. I kinda have nothing. Perhaps write the director, ask for a link?

Frederik B, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:16 (two years ago) link

Two of his films are soundtracked by Gruff Rhys.

He also directed the Crab Day short...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56y8DPVTX14

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:21 (two years ago) link

H Hawkline's In the Pink of Condition is good if you're a fan of Cate's last album. She plays on and produced it. Live, they switch between each other's bands. She does the same with Tom Presley, I've heard. Wasn't too crazy about his last one she produced, though.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 18 March 2017 14:08 (two years ago) link

been on a kick with her, she's amazing. mug museum was my point of entry, but wow it kind of loses momentum in the second half

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 18 March 2017 16:54 (two years ago) link

Whereas Cyrk takes off in its second half.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 18 March 2017 17:07 (two years ago) link

Cyrk II continues the momentum.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 18 March 2017 17:07 (two years ago) link

Cryk rockets from the start in my opinion. Has anyone heard the new drinks lp?

cw, Saturday, 18 March 2017 21:54 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrqphXJZqS8

New H. Hawkline album is really good. Cate's fingerprints are all over it. They've got a lot in common. She produced and plays on the record, like she did on the last one.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 5 June 2017 13:36 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

important thread revive: are she and Tim Presley a thing?

alpine static, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:37 (one year ago) link

seems so? Cate's classic as hell

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:44 (one year ago) link

so classic

alpine static, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:56 (one year ago) link

they met when he was in the Fall, no?

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:57 (one year ago) link

She's also doing something with Bradford Cox when they're in Marfa.

I thought she was dating the guy behind H. Hawkline.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:29 (one year ago) link

I assume thread was revived for this:

https://drinks.bandcamp.com/album/hippo-lite

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:30 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Hippo Lite is pretty lame.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:55 (one year ago) link

Just sounds like bored people making boring music.

I guess the first one sort of sounded like that, but it was a LITTLE adventurous.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:57 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

She's producing the new Deerhunter album. Apparently. Will be looking forward to that.

Still think Hippo Lite is pretty bad.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 23 April 2018 17:08 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

I really like Hippo Lite, I find it quite lovely, creepy and peppered with great songs, strange interludes and mirth. For me it has the same kind of elusive quality as Jane from occupied europe, odyshape or witch cults of the radio age where i listen to it compulsively, but it seems unfamiliar each time.

It would be an excellent soundtrack to a very stoned, very hot summer day spent by a brook.

It does drift out of focus a bit towards the end i grant you.

cw, Saturday, 12 May 2018 14:07 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

rock pool

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Monday, 2 July 2018 07:19 (one year ago) link

Hippo Lite might be the first legit bad thing she's done. she and Tim should've sat on it for a few weeks and/or given it another good listen and/or played it for a few friends and then decided it was best left on the shelf.

alpine static, Monday, 2 July 2018 07:38 (one year ago) link

I like it better than the first Drinks, but I struggle to re-listen to either record. Their styles would seem similar enough, but their eccentricities don't blend particularly well.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 2 July 2018 15:23 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

This conversation between Cate and Ariel Pink is kind of amusing...

https://www.talkhouse.com/ariel-pink-talks-with-cate-le-bon-for-the-talkhouse-podcast/

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 01:37 (seven months ago) link

nice, thanks for sharing

flappy bird, Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:22 (seven months ago) link

saw her play a show on sunday entirely on piano with her sax/clarinet guy steve accompanying. was fucking great. she covered mccartney's waterfalls

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 11 January 2019 08:51 (seven months ago) link

I'm looking forward to seeing her for the first time tomorrow night - glad to hear she's on form.

Tim, Friday, 11 January 2019 11:08 (seven months ago) link

Waterfalls: what a brilliant idea for a cover

Alba, Friday, 11 January 2019 12:55 (seven months ago) link

the group listening steve/sweet baboo did last year is pretty enjoyable.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 11 January 2019 15:36 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKHPPP_3QPU

assume they were part of the gig somehow

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 11 January 2019 15:40 (seven months ago) link

Support for the tour. Cate also said it was meant to be a solo tour, but then she got scared, hence Sweet Baboo accompanying her...

Wandering Boy Poet, Monday, 14 January 2019 13:08 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Just got back from seeing her, she played Waterfalls again. What an amazing voice she's got.

nate woolls, Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:23 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7VMVZ1GZZs

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/cate-le-bon-announces-new-lp-tour-listen-to-daylight-matters/


Cate Le Bon will release new album Reward on May 24 via Mexican Summer. “People hear the word ‘reward’ and they think that it’s a positive word” says Le Bon, “and to me it’s quite a sinister word in that it depends on the relationship between the giver and the receiver. I feel like it’s really indicative of the times we’re living in where words are used as slogans, and everything is slowly losing its meaning.” She worked with frequent collaborators Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), H.Hawkline and co-producer Samur Khouja, and Reward was originally conceived as a spare piano record but grew beyond that. You can still hear those beginnings in lovely first single “Daylight Matters” — listen below.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 14:01 (four months ago) link

new song is great

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:29 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

New album is fantastic.

Lots of clarinet and sax.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:50 (two months ago) link

Anyone else loving the new one? Out today...

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 May 2019 17:27 (two months ago) link

My preorder shipped today and I'm holding off listening until it arrives (which makes no sense as I listened to the three songs that had been released several times through yesterday). it's been too long with the Drinks diversion. Excited to be seeing her live twice this summer.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 24 May 2019 20:11 (two months ago) link

pleasant surprise to see this getting a bnm, i didn't know people were following this record that didn't post in the cate le bon thread on ilxor dot com

another pleasant surprise: this is another contender for my album of the year

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:56 (two months ago) link

she's been on a steady trajectory to greatness for a while

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:26 (two months ago) link

loved loved loved all the pre-release tracks, had a somewhat-attentive listen at work and appreciated it, but i'm gonna try it again on my commute home.

"you don't love me" is pretty perfect

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:51 (two months ago) link

https://www.discogs.com/Cate-Le-Bon-Reward/release/13650339

Pretty impressive cast of characters in the credits.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 16:40 (two months ago) link

Always love her b-sides, btw. Cyrk II is great. Looking forward to Reward b-sides. I'm hoping she dropped the more angular guitar/avant POP on the cutting room floor so I have something else to look forward to.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 16:41 (two months ago) link

I mean, yeah, I get it - another Gruff Rhys endorsed artist. Thought she was great on the first Neon Neon album, and the fact that the phenomenal Stella Mozgawa - one of my favourite drummers in indie right now - is on the new one is promising, but I've heard every single Cate le Bon album up until but not including this one, and none of them have made much of an impression on me sadly.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 16:54 (two months ago) link

Seems like she's much more popular and critically acclaimed than Gruff's been post-SFA. Not sure it's fair to hold that against her.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:20 (two months ago) link

Nor am I aware of any other artists who've had successful careers thanks to lovely Gruff.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:20 (two months ago) link

new album is great, been a fan

zero idea she had anything to do w/SFA dude and I don't think that makes any difference in 2019

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:42 (two months ago) link

I didn't say another successful Gruff Rhys endorsed artist, and you're right - in 2019 it doesn't make any difference. It might have done in 2008, though.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:44 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Reward is neck and neck with the new Matmos for my favorite record of the year. Stunning album - a couple friends were singing her praises when Crab Day came out but I couldn't get into it, this on the other hand - my god...

flappy bird, Friday, 5 July 2019 20:27 (one month ago) link

she is something special

There isn't a weak song on here! Every song is great! fuck!

flappy bird, Friday, 5 July 2019 20:50 (one month ago) link

Playing a free show in LA tomorrow at the Getty

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 6 July 2019 03:17 (one month ago) link


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