Cate Le Bon is a Welsh based singer song-writer now based in Los Angeles. With her brooding voice and disaffected delivery, Le Bon has been often compared to the late lamented German singer Nico. While the comparisons are apt, Le Bon differs in the sense that while Nico sings with more allure and star-power, Le Bon is more low-key and graceful.
Le Bon’s third and newest record, Mug Museum, perfectly encapsulates Cate Le Bon and her musical personality. Written during the period after her maternal grandmother passed away, Le Bon wrote the songs within as a way to cope with her grief. And that sense of comfort and assurance gets passed on to the listener when they play the record.
Think about the record title Mug Museum. Mug makes you think of coffee – a sense of warmth and familiarity. But the fact that the mug is in a museum adds a dash of eccentricity to the whole image. That’s what Mug Museum and its songs feel like. They are comforting, like an old friend. But they are no means conventional, there is always a sense of new discovery when listening to the songs.
Stream the video for the wonderful first single, Are You With Me Now? embedded below.
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum comes out 11/12 via Turnstile (order here)