It’s easy to fall under the spell of Cate Le Bon. When you listen to the breezy, loopy “Rock Pool,” try closing your eyes tightly enough to trigger the fireworks show on your eyelids, and you can just about picture Le Bon as an “it girl” from some mythical North Atlantic country where pilly wool sweaters and corduroy pants count as summer gear, the natives drive VW Microbuses, and the air has the misty quality of a 60s art-house film. (The truth isn’t far off: she hails from Wales.) Now open your eyes, and the psychedelic video for “Rock Pool” keeps the fireworks show going, adding inexplicable presentations of mysterious hats, cuneiform carvings, and oversized handtools for kicks.
“Rock Pool” is the title track from Cate Le Bon’s forthcoming EP, which gathers a clutch of tracks that fell off her last album, the acclaimed Crab Day. The new release also occasions a North American sojourn by Le Bon, co-headlined by her recording partner-in-crime Tim Presley (a.k.a. White Fence). Cross your fingers the two perform some of the songs from their Drinks duo.
CATE LE BON ON TOUR:
Jan 12: Los Angeles, CA at Highland Park Ebell
Jan 14: San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
Jan 16: Vancouver, BC at Fox Cabaret
Jan 17: Seattle, WA at Chop Suey
Jan 18: Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios
Jan 21: Visalia, CA at Cellar Door
Jan 25: Hudson, NY at The Half Moon
Jan 26: New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom
Jan 27: Philadelphia, PA at Black Box in Underground Arts
Jan 28: Washington, DC at U Street Music Hall
Jan 30: Providence, RI at Aurora
Jan 31: Cambridge, MA at Middle East Upstairs
Feb 1: Montreal, QC at Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
Feb 2: Toronto, OR at Velvet Underground
Feb 3: Detroit, MI at El Club
Feb 4: Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
Feb 5: Cleveland, OH at Happy Dog
A sociology professor living in upstate New York, Leonard Nevarez is patiently waiting until his kids are old enough for a family roadtrip to Maryland Deathfest. He blogs at musicalurbanism.org and is writing a book about Martha & the Muffins and the late 70s/early 80s downtown Toronto music scene.