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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (twelve years ago) link

This is really good! She seems undeservedly overlooked.

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

*to be

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

two months pass...

Very undeservedly slept-on. Both LPs are fantastic.

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

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

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

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

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

two months pass...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thought this said "Cat LeBron" - was disappointed

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

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

that's my fav

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 21:00 (ten 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 (nine 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) link

"Find Me" is awesome.

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

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

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

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

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

eight months pass...

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

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

Josh Klinghoffer of RHCP, of course.

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

three weeks pass...

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

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

This is dripping in atmosphere. I love it.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 4 February 2022 15:23 (two years ago) link

Like her last album, this isn’t bad but I miss the more jagged guitars of her first few albums. I’m not as keen on the synths/sax combo. Just my personal taste but I rarely go for songs with saxophone

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 4 February 2022 18:25 (two years ago) link

Polar opposite for me. This is the first time I'm buying what she's selling for more than a minute or two.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 4 February 2022 19:42 (two years ago) link

masterpiece imo

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 4 February 2022 22:53 (two years ago) link

the new bryan ferry

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 February 2022 13:18 (two years ago) link

And that's a fine place to aim for!

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 February 2022 15:09 (two years ago) link

I keep hearing 10,000 Maniacs' "Like the Weather" somewhere in "Moderation"

10,000 Maniacs have a much better drummer

Freeze Instr., Saturday, 5 February 2022 17:05 (two years ago) link

oh man, not comparing the drummers directly (i don't know 10K maniacs very well at all), but i love the drummer. i read somewhere about their drumming being driven by carefully placed bass drum kicks, recently, and that's what I focus on

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 February 2022 17:10 (two years ago) link

i'm still digesting the album. i got so, so used to Moderation leading directly into Running Away - just a casualty of the several months of 1-3 songs approach to PR, but those two became intertwined, for me.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 February 2022 17:11 (two years ago) link

Yeah maybe not a fair comparison. That sort of late 80s light snappy rolling feel leads in the direction of Rusted Root

It feels to me like Pompeii's drums are dragging at the tempo, as if they're intentionally slowing everything down, a sluggish almost DJ Screw effect

Freeze Instr., Saturday, 5 February 2022 17:35 (two years ago) link

the song "Pompeii" is hitting me, now, on the 3rd time through. now every corner of it feels so right, where it drifted right on past the first couple times. i do love the sound of her current line-up/instrumentation, so much.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 February 2022 18:18 (two years ago) link

The album is growing on me. I think I do like it more than the last album.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 5 February 2022 19:39 (two years ago) link

speaking of amazing guitar parts, both subtle and riffage, they're both in "Remembering Me"

the subtle can be heard during the chorus, the the thin wobbling snake between some of the lines and during some of the others:

Upset, and out of touch
Good grief, you miss so much
Oh, oh, remember me
Louder than empty rooms
Face down in heirlooms
Oh, oh, remembering me

that is positively slinking

later on, the riffage is later, at 3:00, the solo. it's like alt arena rock busts in all of a sudden but it's perfect

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 February 2022 21:24 (two years ago) link

the thin wobbling snake

i want to go ahead and express my regret for this description of the guitar line, lol

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 February 2022 21:25 (two years ago) link

the positively slinking thin wobbling snake

:-|

Karl Malone, Saturday, 5 February 2022 21:25 (two years ago) link

terrific bass on this record, reminds me of john giblin's playing on john martyn's grace & danger but less cagey.

adam, Monday, 7 February 2022 15:14 (two years ago) link

Press material says she mostly composed it on bass

bendy, Monday, 7 February 2022 15:48 (two years ago) link

i JUST noticed the big obvious thing about the beginning of the title track "Pompeii", which is that it follows the exactly melodic scheme of the ending of the previous song, "French Boys"

also, i LOVE the chorus of "Pompeii", particularly the background vocal counterpart, the wordless "ooom-PAAAH!", and how it reinforces a kind of half-time feel

All my life in sentiment
All my language is vulgar and true
I've pushed love through the hourglass
Did you see me putting pain in a stone?

snarl self own (Karl Malone), Monday, 14 February 2022 21:13 (two years ago) link

really really liking this album, possibly even more than the last ones. her herky-jerk rhythms are so mesmerizing and it seems like she's leveled up the arrangements. some great guitar tones on here too.

still looking for an earworm like "home to you," but maybe one will reveal itself in time.

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Monday, 14 February 2022 21:19 (two years ago) link

the new molly nilsson album also has a song called "pompeii"

na (NA), Monday, 14 February 2022 21:22 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

This record is wonderful. The bass, the arrangements, the rhythms - so much pleasure for the ears. I missed her in Glasgow last week because I got Covid, which is a shame because seeing her play the previous record live really opened it up to me. And I would have loved to see the parts of Pompeii come together before my eyes.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 26 March 2022 17:39 (two years ago) link

yeah it's so good. maybe my favorite of hers.

akm, Saturday, 26 March 2022 19:23 (two years ago) link

ditto

brimstead, Saturday, 26 March 2022 20:23 (two years ago) link

me too i think, that or cyrk anyway, and i think this one has the stronger songs.

cw, Monday, 28 March 2022 20:06 (two years ago) link

Was playing it yesterday on a trip back from my folks and my sis, who is a fan to start with, was very taken by how much the guitars reminded her of Ween (who she is also a stone cold fan of).

Ned Raggett, Monday, 28 March 2022 20:15 (two years ago) link

We saw her tonight in Lille (I missed the London show for reasons of family illness) and she was fantastic.

Tim, Monday, 28 March 2022 22:19 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

le bon alert - she is on the new kurt vile album track "Jesus on a Wire"

Karl Malone, Friday, 15 April 2022 16:08 (two years ago) link

it's a snoozer. she just does some backup vox. not sure i would know it was her if i didn't know

Karl Malone, Friday, 15 April 2022 16:16 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

saw her last night - my third time, better than the reward tour IMO (although that was great) - new songs sound fantastic live and the reward songs sounded like utter classics given a light pompeii makeover - not that familiar with the new LP but whoever mentioned Avalon vibes upthread was otm

the life of a rebo band is always intense (emsworth), Thursday, 9 June 2022 23:08 (two years ago) link

not to hijack the revive, but i regret not buying one of her mugs from her in the Mug Museum days.

alpine static, Friday, 10 June 2022 05:32 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

New single "Typical Love" out today. Dunno if this is a teaser for a physical release or will just a digital thing, but did not expect anything else this year. Already on Spotify, and video debuts at 10am ET:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOJ4NVu_4GM

city worker, Wednesday, 14 September 2022 13:36 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

she produced this it's rly good, and i'm seeing him next week: https://hhawkline.bandcamp.com/album/milk-for-flowers

here's an article to give a flavour: https://www.brooklynvegan.com/h-hawkline-tells-us-about-the-influences-behind-new-album-milk-for-flowers

imago, Friday, 10 March 2023 20:16 (one year ago) link

oh i didn't know there was a new h. hawkline album. i believe he was previously in a relationship with le bon and was later in a relationship with aldous harding, though he must be on good terms with both since le bon produced this and he played bass for harding and opened for her last year on her tour

na (NA), Friday, 10 March 2023 20:23 (one year ago) link

must be one charming scamp

imago, Friday, 10 March 2023 20:25 (one year ago) link

https://hhawkline.bandcamp.com/track/last-thing-on-your-mind

this song from his last album was a real showstopper when i saw him

na (NA), Friday, 10 March 2023 20:27 (one year ago) link

ty, shall have a listen!

i got the tickets cos of the support act (alice low, documented here) but he's proving an excellent discovery in his own right

imago, Friday, 10 March 2023 20:29 (one year ago) link

this song you posted is lovely yeah

imago, Friday, 10 March 2023 20:33 (one year ago) link

thanks for sharing imago, have always loved his song "engineers"

will check out

avatár the way of watár (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 March 2023 20:49 (one year ago) link

neat!

i ended up liking the CLB song that placed in the ILX poll more than I thought I would, so her recent album will be given a full going-over too

imago, Friday, 10 March 2023 21:00 (one year ago) link

wait, by 'song that placed' i mean 'someone's indicated track from the album that placed'

imago, Friday, 10 March 2023 21:06 (one year ago) link

it’s a damn great album.

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Friday, 10 March 2023 21:07 (one year ago) link

(pompeii

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Friday, 10 March 2023 21:08 (one year ago) link

oh i didn't know there was a new h. hawkline album. i believe he was previously in a relationship with le bon and was later in a relationship with aldous harding,

This is interesting to me because I often mix up cate le bon and aldous harding. Hope h hawkline doesn’t have the same issue.

treeship., Friday, 10 March 2023 21:33 (one year ago) link

the atonal audio smudging in the pompeii title track is very pleasing

imago, Friday, 10 March 2023 21:35 (one year ago) link

wait, by 'song that placed' i mean 'someone's indicated track from the album that placed'

Ha, I got excited about that version of history for a few milliseconds. (I have a feeling I was her sole voter tracks-wise.)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 10 March 2023 22:31 (one year ago) link

Hawkline's arrangements *are* palpably Lebonian innit. Nice.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 10 March 2023 22:49 (one year ago) link

Their earlier stuff was sometimes almost indistinguishable, this one would have been quite at home on Me Oh My: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrUmLrBqfh8

cw, Saturday, 11 March 2023 11:10 (one year ago) link

Absolutely. I saw Cate on the Mug Museum tour and he opened for her and their bands were the same, with the exception of the front person. Both great. He's released lots of good stuff.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 13 March 2023 01:00 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

finally a new record coming!: https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/llais/2024/cate-le-bon

bulb after bulb, Thursday, 9 May 2024 13:25 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Both the shows scheduled for later this year have been cancelled - any clues why?

Tim, Thursday, 4 July 2024 14:55 (one week ago) link


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