Cate Le Bon
|Cate Le Bon|
Le Bon performing at The Arch, Village Underground, London on 23 April 2012
|Birth name||Cate Timothy|
4 March 1983 |
Penboyr, Carmarthenshire, Wales
|Genres||Folk, rock, pop|
|Associated acts||Neon Neon, Gruff Rhys, Super Furry Animals, Y Niwl, Richard James, H. Hawkline, Sweet Baboo, The Gentle Good, Manic Street Preachers, The Chemical Brothers, White Fence (Tim Presley)|
Le Bon first gained public attention when she supported Gruff Rhys (of the Super Furry Animals) on his 2007 solo UK tour. She appeared as a guest vocalist on Neon Neon's 2008 single "I Lust U" from their album Stainless Style. Under her original name she provided backing vocals on Richard James's debut solo album The Seven Sleepers Den in 2006. She also appeared on his second solo album, We Went Riding, from 2010.
Her first official release was a Welsh language EP, Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg ("Looking in the Eyes of a Borrowed Horse", similar to the English expression "to look a gift horse in the mouth"), on Peski Records in 2008. She also self-released the double A-side debut single "No One Can Drag Me Down / Disappear" (described by Gruff Rhys as “Bobbie Gentry and Nico fight over a Casio keyboard; melody wins!”) on her website. Le Bon worked alongside Gorky's Zygotic Mynci's Megan Childs, who contributed violin, and Super Furry Animals and Thrills collaborator John Thomas, who added pedal steel.
Her debut album, Me Oh My (previously known by the working title Pet Deaths), was released in 2009.
In 2010, Le Bon provided backing vocals on several tracks from The Gentle Good's second album, Tethered for the Storm.
In 2012, Le Bon released the album Cyrk, followed by the Cyrk II EP.
In January 2013, Le Bon moved to Los Angeles to further her career in the US. Her latest album, Mug Museum, released November 2013, was produced by Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick in Los Angeles, and features her partner H. Hawkline on guitar and Sweet Baboo on bass. She provided guest vocals on the track "Slow Train" from Kevin Morby's debut album Harlem River and on the track "Coming Through" which appears on the album Nobody Knows by Willis Earl Beal.
In September and October 2013, Le Bon supported Manic Street Preachers on several of their UK tour dates. She performed lead vocals on the track 4 Lonely Roads from their album Rewind the Film, released in September 2013.
She was due to host a music festival in Cardigan, Wales in August 2014, but it was cancelled due to licencing issues.
Le Bon is most singled out by critics for her optimistic lyrical content and her "joyful voice". Le Bon claimed that "early experiences watching Disney cartoons had a profound lasting effect on me" and inform her self-admitted "abnormal fixation with happiness".
- Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg (Peski Records, 2008)
- Cyrk II (2012)
- "No One Can Drag Me Down / Disappear" (self-released, 2007)
- "I Can't Help You" (Turnstile, 2014)
- Sabrina Sweeney (18 August 2014). "Cate Le Bon: Living for the music". BBC News. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "Peski - About Cate Le Bon". Peski Records.
- "Gruff Rhys collaborator readies debut release". NME. 3 April 2007.
- Twitter / CateLeBon: @husharbors moving to LA for
- "Cate Le Bon Mas Mas festival in Cardigan cancelled". BBC News. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- Bob Boilen (18 May 2015). "Song Premiere: DRINKS, 'Hermits on Holiday'". NPR.
- BBC Wales - Music - Cate Le Bon