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Cyrk II [VINYL] [EP, Maxi]

Cate Le Bon Vinyl
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The reviews are in. The second album by silver-plated songstress Cate Le Bon, CYRK, is a bona fide critical hit. The cavalcade of comparisons that crop up in every review - John Cale, Nico, Malkmus et al - give you an idea of the regard in which Le Bon is currently held.

So it is with great pleasure that we can announce the Welsh artist is releasing CYRK II (The Control Group). During ... Read more in Amazon's Cate Le Bon Store

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  • Vinyl (20 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Maxi
  • Label: Turnstile
  • ASIN: B008G8QDYK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What Is Worse
2. The Eiggy Sea
3. That Moon
4. Seaside, Lowtide
5. January

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BBC Review

The water system feeding Canterbury in the late-60s seems to have been re-directed to Wales in recent times. The strains of Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt, each distinctly defining British psychedelia’s first wave, can be found in the DNA of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynki, Super Furry Animals and now the Penboyr-born Cate Le Bon, who embodies that same strange fusion of beauty, strangeness and charm.

SFA’s Gruff Rhys is Le Bon’s champ: he first saw her play in 2007 and immediately invited her on tour, and has since released her albums on his own imprints. He’s also ace at describing her: “Bobbie Gentry and Nico fight over a Casio keyboard; melody wins!” But that’s only part of her mercurial talent.

For starters, few name albums after the Polish word for ‘circus’. Five months after the original – and sublime – Cyrk, here’s part two, which accentuates part one’s slower, dreamier haunts, like the slowly revolving colour-faded carousel of a circus fairground.

But the essentials remain: that spellbound, stately diction (hence the Nico comparison, but a lot warmer; hence the Gentry comparison) slotting intuitively among vintage keyboards and stroked guitars, with threads of The Fall, the Velvets and Tropicália. And more songs, as is Le Bon’s habit, about the sea.

What Is Worse doesn’t appear to be one of them, though, but its ushers in all of Le Bon’s strengths. The Eiggy Sea is especially spectral, raising a femme fatale-style glimmer, while the lilting That Moon double-tracks Le Bon’s precise voice as a fuzz-phased guitar hovers beneath. This breaks free to take over the following Seaside, Lowtide, with its, yes, mood of out-of-season seaside sadness. The closing finale January sounds like Seaside, Lowtide part two, psych guitar and all, winding its blissful way toward a sudden, faster coda.

Like Cyrk, each track is a perfectly formed miniature ride, destination unknown. It’s comforting to know that Le Bon is gifted enough to conform to convention if she wanted, making mainstream radio her target, but instead chooses to sound like this: utterly, and wonderfully, herself.

--Mike Diver

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Cate Le Bon is an astonishing talent and it is rare these days to find someone making music unique to themselves. Listening to her music is so refreshing because it is so utterly out of step with the times and could fit in with almost any era of music from the late sixties onwards. She has a beautifully rich voice, reminiscent of Nico, but with more range and warmth. The arrangements of the songs also sound like the slower more melodic Velvet Underground tunes, but they are beautifully crafted and inventive, and reward repeated listens.

Put simply this is a wonderful and hugely talented artist. Buy this and then buy the sister record 'Cyrk' which has to be a contender for album of the year! Time to immerse yourself in the world of Cate Le Bon, a truly brilliant singer songwriter, you will not regret it, I assure you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psych-folk goodness 3 Aug 2013
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For anyone who likes psych and weird-folk with pop hooks, check out this LP and the two other albums by this brilliant Welsh songstress - great stuff! And it sounds so rich in this vinyl format!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cate le Bon is my muse! 13 May 2014
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She crawled into my ear one afternoon... that twanging guitar, the strange lyrics, the voice at one moment atonal, the next melodic, and the next soaring... who is this angel? Only the singular Cate le Bon, inheritor of the Syd Barrett tradition of playfully dark lyrics and excursions into off-key notebending. Anyone looking for the real deal when it comes to new psychedelia would do well by themselves to procure this recording any way possible... but buy it legit because talent like Cate's deserves our hard earned cash. One of the best records I've heard in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to "Cyrk" 24 Sep 2012
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A great listen. Continues in the same Velvet Underground/psychedelic rock-infused vein as Cyrk. I caught the band on the Cyrk tour and they were great live too, despite an embarrassingly small crowd (probably why they're not playing Boston on the Cyrk II tour).
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