Cate Le Bon
It is clear that 2019 has been the most productive and expansive year of the career of for the Welsh artist Cate Le Bon. She produced the latest work of Deerhunter and published her fifth album entitled “Reward” that has been emphatically acclaimed by the critics in her country (where she was nominated for Mercury Prize with Foals, Idles or Fontaines DC), but also in the United States where Pitchfork considers it as one of the most important albums of the year.
‘Reward’ is her most personal work composed alone at a piano in the Lake District, a mountainous border region between England and Scotland and was finally recorded in California. With it she takes the concept of avant-pop to an innovative and suggestive interdimensional point rarely seen in our days and which is quite far from her previous compositions.
But everything does not start with “Reward”. Her career really began ten years ago and her charismatic way of composing and expressing has led her to publish five albums that have been building a kind of living myth around herself. It could be talked about references to place her music from different perspectives and attending to each of her works (with many different nuances), references such as The Velvet Underground and especially Nico, but also St. Vincent, David Bowie or the Stereolab from “Dots and Loops”.
A new job is expected for 2020 but it is unknown what its course will be, but seeing the compositional level reached by Cate will surely be a delight to accumulate in her splendid credit.