VISIONS SPOTLIGHT #4: Cate Le Bon
29 Jul 2016
With Visions festival fast approaching, we turn the spotlight on some of the acts gracing its stages
There's just over a week to go until Visions Festival 2016 takes a hold of Hackney and fills it to the brim with a gloriously diverse platter of live music for your delectation.
To get you in the mood, we're turning the spotlight on one artist a day until we open up the gates - and don't forget to get your advance tickets from visionsfestival.com. See you on Saturday August 6th!
WHO: Cate Le Bon - Welsh chanteuse with a gloriously idiosyncratic approach to all she creates
WHERE: St. John at Hackney, 6.15pm
CREDENTIALS: Since the release of debut LP 'Me Oh My' in 2009, Cate has slowly been gaining kudos as a songwriter of real gravitas - not just from the critics, but from her fellow creatives too. She's guested on tracks with Manic Street Preachers, Kevin Morby and Willis Earl Beal and formed a side project - DRINKS - with White Fence's Tim Presley. Across the board, Cate's mellifluous yet beautifully odd psych-folk has never failed to win fans.
WHAT THEY SAY: “To try and be original, well, you’re fucked from the beginning. All you can do is shut everything out, don’t project into the future, be wholly present. Music is supposed to be fun. It’s easy to forget that.” (Guardian, 2016)
WHY PICK THEM? With previous LP 'Mug Museum' and this year's 'Crab Day', Le Bon stands apart from the crowd entirely. Inimitably sweet yet strange vocals over surrealist lyrics and warm melodies set her in the lineage of Welsh odd pop wonders (Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals et al), but no one sounds quite like Cate.
FOR FANS OF: Nico, Euros Childs
TRY THIS: 'I Can't Help You's twisted mournfulness are a perfect introduction