Cate Le Bon – ‘CYRK’

Sounds like an unearthed psych classic

If you thought that Cate Le Bon might pay much heed to the notion of a career arc, then you might think she erred in 2008, introducing herself to the wider world by appearing on Gruff Rhys’ chrome-shiny and faithfully ’80s-ish Neon Neon album ‘Stainless Style’. After all, the bucolic whirring folk and rusty psychedelic garage the Cardiff resident makes under her own name could scarcely be more different. Yet a common thread can be found in ‘CYRK’, Cate’s second album: the application of a sincere pop-song sensibility, and a yen for the surreal that sidesteps the zany. Maybe that’s why Gruff has released it on his label. No doubt the vocalist’s elegantly reverbed West Walian trill helped too; likewise a production that makes it sound like an unearthed psych classic from 1971; likewise the Broadcast-y spookout ‘The Man I Wanted’, country stroller ‘Puts Me To Work’ or the raucous clatter of ‘Ploughing Out’.

Noel Gardner



  • Director: Krissie Jenkins
  • Record label: Ovni/Turnstile
  • Release date: 30 Apr, 2012