This February Welsh art pop singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon released her sixth studio album, Pompeii, courtesy of Mexican Summer. NPR claimed the album and artist, “made meaning out of high-art nonsense, turning simple, quotidian things into freaky and oblique images, the stuff of heady and sensual dreams,” and The Guardian called it, “cool, with a weird strut you couldn’t hope to emulate, but also distinctly vulnerable, with Le Bon offering up unvarnished humanity as a gesture towards hope.”
Just two weeks ago Cate Le Bon released “Typical Love,” a standalone single/video. The song, born out of a jam session with longtime Le Bon collaborator and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa, was an outtake from the Pompeii sessions. “The outline, written on bass along to one of Stella’s infectious grooves, was taken into the Pompeii sessions where I disassembled and reassembled it many times but it always felt like a second cousin to the other tracks so was put aside for a rainy day,” said Le Bon of the track.
Cate Le Bon – a familiar face to Johnny Brenda’s, Underground Arts, and Boot & Saddle – has spent much of the year taking the songs of Pompeii on the road, including a recent stop opening a sold-out show for Japanese Breakfast at the massive Dell Music Center this July. However, she’s currently on a US headlining run that will have her playing Union Transfer on Thursday, October 6th. Get your tickets below, check out the Phil Collins-directed (and Clouzot-and-Franju-inspired) music video for “Typical Love,” and read my 2016 chat with Cate, following the release of her fourth LP, Crab Day.
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