Cate Le Bon Crab Day on LP
In April 2016 and for the foreseeable future, Drag City continues to hello and huzzah the arrival of Cate Le Bon. She's now cruising in on a sleek new vehicle she's dubbed Crab Day. Listeners to Mug Museum know it already - the lass has a touch, not just with the guitar, with which she's an absolute and entire whiz, but also in the construction of tight, hard pop songs that unlock feelings we can't quite put a finger on - wistful feels, evoked with words of love paired with other words evoking 'not love' or some other thing. The arrangements are pristine - quite playful, almost circus-like, but laid down with ominously stony faces.
Listen to "Wonderful," the lead track from Crab Day, and you will know what inspires phrases like "headlong tumble" to leap into the minds of fans. Initial notices for the song have made much of the chaos in Cate's new music, which is wild, since the music is also immaculately, mathematically ordered. Crab Day plays with oppositions, and does so quite complacently, happy for the sparks that come raining forth when the gears of things clash together just so.
Ever since the days of good ol' Royal Trux, Drag City has loved this effecting affect. The key is to do it in one's own way - and Cate has her way, and it is fully evolved in a pop sphere where sound signifiers are combined along unconventional lines to make perfect (un)sense. Lines that won't stay out of your mind. Guitar, blending cleanly with vibes and rhythm, creating an aura of madness out of an entirely dialed-in logic. Crab Day is one of the intensely good new releases of 2016.
"Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It's the sound of the ‘accidentally on purpose' coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fueled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It's a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up. Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn't a holiday at all." – Cate Le Bon