Cate Le Bon
Released: May 24
Label: Mexican Summer
On her fifth solo album, Welsh performer Cate Le Bon continues to expand her own enchanted musical realm with “Reward”
The record’s first line — “decorate the new discord” — acts not only as a motif but speaks to the subtle depth that lies within.
At times she seems impenetrable, at others an aching vulnerability is revealed — at one point determining: “I’m a cross hair.” The intricate hooks also reveal themselves gradually, popping out of nowhere or unfurling deceptively.
‘’Mother’s Mother’s Magazines” reads like a Kinks’ title and starts out like a song from The Fall before easing back for a brass excursion.
“Daylight Matters” is the one to put on repeat. A sultry, almost disco sway meant for late afternoon drifting.
KEY CUTS: “Daylight Matters”
— Jake O’ Connell, Associated Press