Enigmatic young Welsh folkstress Cate Le Bon is often noticed more for her collaborative work, having appeared on the Neon Neon track ‘I Lust You’ and the latest LP from Manic Street Preachers, ‘Rewind The Film’. (Clash review)
‘Mug Museum’ is going to change this, though. She’ll become known as the Cate Le Bon who made this record, above anything else. It’s that good, that much of a game-changer for its maker.
In addition to the exquisite Nico-circa-‘Femme Fatale’-like vocal delivery, ‘Mug Museum’ is a master class in the importance of vintage analogue equipment in recording. The swirling keyboards, crunchy valve guitars and punchy basslines are lo-fi heaven.
This is strange, boutique folk-pop with a vitalised imagination – a rewarding listen, and then some.
Words: Cai Trefor
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