Cate Le Bon
A new force in song craft, Cate Le Bon currently resides in Cardiff's infamous French quarter and befitting a songwriter who only writes in the dark, her music is a heady and highly personal Gallic stew of equal parts Nico, Malkmus and the chronicler's own emotional observations on the impossibility of existence.
Disheartened by the constant stream of dead animals she found herself burying in her parents farm in Penboyr, west Wales, and inspired by her father's impeccable record collection (The Velvets, Neil Young, Pavement et al) Cate packed her things and begrudgingly set sail for the neon lights and ample rehearsal space available in her country's capital.
Her first official release came in the form of a Welsh language EP released on your favourite label in the world. ‘Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg’ (‘Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth’) is a beautifully shonky musical journey from start to finish, strung together by Cate Le Bon’s haunting voice and her unique vocal melodies. It also features guest vocalists Euros Childs and Mini from Peski stablemate Texas Radio Band.
Following a string of club night shows in the city, Cate caught the attention of SFA front man Gruff Rhys who over a cigarette and a glass of brandy offered her some support slots with his band. Knowing that there's never too much of a good thing, Rhys roped Cate into his hip hop exchange program Neon Neon. What began as a guest vocal appearance on their debut single I Lust You, resulted in a year of touring the world as part of their band.
Since then, she's toured the world and continues to develop as an important force in Welsh music. Her latest offering comes in the form of an LP titled 'CYRK' which has received critical acclaim. She has also been busy collaborating - most notably with another of her Peski stablemate, Meilyr Jones, the svelte singer from the chamber pop outfit Race Horses. The pair did a one off session for Bethan Elfyn under the moniker Yoke. They have recently played a stream of arresting live shows, including The Greenman Festival, and are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album.
2013 - 'Mug Museum' LP (Ovni / Turnstile/The Control Group)
2012 - 'CYRK' (Ovni / Turnstile/The Control Group)
2009 - 'Me Oh My' LP (Irony Bored Records & Tapes)
2008 - 'Edrych Yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg' EP (Peski)