Crackling Vinyl presents Cate Le Bon & H. Hawkline
Tuesday 11 September – Tickets £5
On Tuesday 11th September, Crackling Vinyl is proud to present another night of brilliant live music and superlative vinyl excellence at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester. This is our first night back after our summer break.
Cate Le Bon
New album released 30th April 2012 on Ovni (Turnstile)
‘Fold The Cloth’ video: http://vimeo.com/33373552
“like a Valley-born Nico locked in the cupboard with The Fall” **** Q
“Cate Le Bon follows her own path” **** MOJO
“her lyrical style recalls the whimsical, pastoral fantasy of Syd Barrett and her music jumps everywhere, from garage rock to harmony pop to electronic….with it’s own sense of logic.” **** The Times
“Le Bon is someone whose take on songwriting is so sideways, it would be completely impossible for anyone else to replicate it” Guardian Guide
“like an unearthed psych classic” NME 8/10
“absolutely brilliant” Drowned In Sound
“Le Bon’s days as a farmgirl in West Wales may be long behind her, but she’s clearly held on to certain agricultural principles: namely, that the right amounts of patience and nurturing can produce glorious yields.” Pitchfork
“How would I describe the album?” muses Cate Le Bon. “Cut a remote island in two and place one half to your ear…”
Cate Le Bon, the Cardiff-based singer who popped up on Gruff Rhys’s Neon Neon album before issuing her own debut album, My Oh My, in 2010, returns with her second album, CYRK, in April 2012. It follows Le Bon’s extensive tour with St Vincent in the USA, where the album has already been released too much acclaim and Cate is currently on her own headlining jaunt.
“CYRK is like a time travel travelogue which continually returns the sea,” says Le Bon, who took the album’s title from the Polish word for Circus and took inspiration from a trip to the Isle Of Eigg. “I mostly write about the sea, matters of the heart and animals – or a mish-mash of all three.”
Recorded with producer Krissie Jenkins in Cardiff and set for release on Gruff Rhys’s Ovni imprint, CYRK found Le Bon raiding Super Furry Animals’s collection of synths, pedals and guitars. “We spent days plugging different things into one another – it was so much fun,” she says.
Players include Le Bon’s “trusty” backing band (Andy Fung on drums, Steve Black on bass and Niwl’s Sion Glyn on guitar) plus H. Hawkline on synths and Meilyr and Gwion from Racehorses playing brass on Great. “If you listen very carefully,” says Le Bon, “you can hear Gruff Rhys wailing backing vocals on Falcon Eyed too.”
The completed album is a 35-minute blast of colour, ever-changing as it whizzes from the garage pop opener Falcon Eyed to piano-led Puts Me To Work and the psychedelic title track. Elsewhere, the delights of Fold The Cloth, The Man I Wanted (“The only time that I have put a recorder track down and not been ridiculed for it. Result.”), the proggy Through The Mill and closing number Ploughing Out, a track so epic it demanded to be split into two parts. “The song ends with a cacophony of instruments, a mixture of everything that has appeared on the album,” says Le Bon. “It’s the finale. I make my saxophone debut; it will also be the last time I ever play saxophone. I very nearly ruptured my cheeks.”
H. Hawkline has released two acclaimed albums on Shape Records, both of which plough a singular furrow across the over-farmed, muddy field of rock ‘n’ psych ‘n’ folk ‘n’ roll. Unequal parts sane Syd Barrett, John Renbourn and Paul Giovanni, H. Hawkline’s song embers will warm any heart yearning for an antidote to the inane and anodyne. He’s ace. And he has hair a stork could nest in.
Chester’s excellent 2nd hand vinyl emporium, Grey ‘n’ Pink Records join us in the top bar. Cash back available over the bar.
Previous live guests at Crackling Vinyl have included: Laura J. Martin, Y Niwl, Colorama, Richard James, Toy Horses, T.G. Elias, Georgia Ruth, Chris T-T, She Makes War, Sam Airey, Houdini Dax, Trwbador, The Gentle Good, Golden Fable, Pulco, Harry Keyworth, Greta Isaac, Atlas Twins, Sophie Ballamy.
Crackling Vinyl DJ’s: Ben ‘Soundhog’ Hayes, Elin Bach, Jeremy Horrill, Adam Walton.