Cate Le Bon set for 2014 UK tour
Spellbinding and somewhat unsettling singer takes entrancing third album Mug Museum on tour
Cate Le Bon’s otherworldly alto is a voice to conjure with. To date, it has graced albums by sleek electro pop outfit Neon Neon and national treasures Manic Street Preachers, but it is her own spellbinding and somewhat unsettling solo work that takes the honours.
Just as PJ Harvey distilled her Dorset upbringing into visceral vignettes, so Le Bon channelled her elemental experiences growing up in rural Wales into her psych folk debut Me Oh My – ‘we’d go off walking through the fields with our pet goats in tow’ is her recollection of a regular Saturday morning with her sisters.
Her next album Cyrk was inspired by a trip to Eigg to play Fence Records’ Away Game festival. ‘In my mind, the whole album takes place on Eigg,’ she says. ‘It just felt like one of the most beautiful places I’d ever been to, and it was at a time in my life when I really needed that expanse and quiet.’
Le Bon now resides a long way from the Welsh and Scottish countryside, having relocated to Los Angeles a year ago to record her entrancing third album, Mug Museum. But even in such a vast, sprawling metropolis, Le Bon finds she can still revel in the outdoors. ‘One of the things I love most about the city is there is so much nature everywhere. The sea is close, the mountains are close, the desert … it’s really extraordinary how beautiful it is, even though it’s this big mess.’
Broadcast, Glasgow, Wed 12 Feb