Cate Le Bon
Mug Museum - WICHITA
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Katrina Nattress on November 18, 2013
It’s been nearly two years since Cate Le Bon released her sophomore full-length album, CYRK, and in that time the chanteuse has stripped the remainder of her upbringing from her music. Raised in a Welsh farmhouse, there has always been a vowel-less sense of innocence and countryside twang to Le Bon’s work. With CYRK, we heard the avant-pop songstress delve into psychedelia while holding onto a playful, familiar ambiance. Mug Museum sheds that cozy nuance completely and replaces it with jangling, disjointed guitar work (“I Can’t Help You”); gothic garage-pop (“Sisters”); schizophrenic instrumental bridges (“Cuckoo Through The Walls”); and a heart-wrenching collaboration with Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas (“I Think I Knew”). In addition to Hadreas’s wavering vocals, Le Bon also received instrumental contributions from Nick Murray (White Fence), Sweet Baboo and H. Hawkline to help create her most experimental and impressive album to date.