CYRK by Cate Le Bon (Album)

24 May, 2012 in Music Reviews

Cate Le Bon

Beautiful melodies, reminiscent of the Eels and Belle & Sebastian, with crisp chords and Cate Le Bon’s unique, accented vocals

Cate Le Bon CYRK packshotIn 2009 a young Welsh songstress released an album that saw her become one of the darlings of the UK indie-folk scene, with her face occupying the pages of music magazines across the land. Now, Cate le Bon has kindly chosen to gift her fans with a second album.

Continuing in the same vein as her debut, CYRK sees Le Bon again melding beautiful melodies, reminiscent of the Eels and Belle & Sebastian, with crisp chords and her unique, accented vocals. What helped to set Le Bon apart from her contemporaries three years ago were the scattered psychedelic touches that she added to her folk-driven songs, with rifts and ambience born from the insouciance of late-period Beatles.

On CYRK le Bon affords her psychedelic influences even greater attention, such as the nods to Pink Floyd on Julia and the Captain Beefheart-esque close to Fold The Cloth. There’s also a greater vibrancy here, with hints of garage rock and the White Stripes draped across songs such as Falcon Eyed and the album’s title track.

Cate le Bon’s second album sees her take a further stride towards becoming one of the UK’s finest songwriters. CYRK is a quite brilliant release.

Out now on Ovni/Turnstile.

Damien Girling