After catching her live and realising it may be a long while before she hits any stages live, I felt somewhat privileged to make it along to her Art School gig this week. Not only does the lass scream cool, but her psyche-folk entrances your spirit, and before you know it, those around you are heckling or dancing like we had time-travelled back a couple of decades.
Reminiscent of Nico, her enigmatic style graced the stage in a way that this musician is not one you are likely to forget. Her presence fills the stage, as does her sounds, quirks and eyeliner as she performed tracks such as Wonderful and I’m a Dirty Attic. Playing with Sweet Baboo, another talent from Wales, there was a psychedellic, avante-garde manner to her live show, which was furthered at the end by bringing support act Tim Presley back up on stage.
Hailing from Penboyr in Wales she gained her first public attention when supporting fellow Welshman Gruff Rhyss, renowned for the Super Furry Animals, on his solo tour back in 2007. Since then she has released her debut album, Me Oh My, collaborated with Meilyr Jones on project Yoke and more recently in April this year, released Crab Day, her fourth studio album.
Renowned for her hauntingly, wide-note-ranging voice and expressive performance, it is unlikely that a single female in the crowd did not idolise this song-writer, as she played those riffs and made use of that rather hip eyebrow-covering bowl cut.
Concluding with a bizarrely great Christmas medley her fans were screaming for more, particularly after He’s Leaving, which was abundant in energy. A sure fire class act, Cate Le Bon is a Welsh girl, who not only stole the hearts of the gentlemen in the crowd, and will hopefully not keep her fans in anticipation for too much longer before hearing her unique vocals and obtuse arrangements.