Me Oh My CD
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You would hardly expect a label founded by chief Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys to debut with anything straightforward. True to form, he’s found folky waif Cate Le Bon, a Cardiff-based singer-songwriter straight out of Velvet Underground central casting, not so much John Cale’s lost offspring as Nico’s clone.
There’s a darkness running through Me Oh My, set out on the opening title track’s very first lines: “Me oh my / My oh me / I fought the night and the night fought me”. From there on in, the album’s uneasy claustrophobia suggests the solitary melancholy of endless nights over-analysing life while staring at the walls, which bears out Le Bon’s claim she only writes in the dark.
The Velvets comparisons become stronger the deeper you delve: Le Bon’s flat, Nico-lite delivery renders her heavy Welsh accent surprisingly Teutonic, her lyrics like ghost breath on the back of your neck (“I’d go blind to save you / and not go looking to take it back / it’s just, baby, I’m heading for the black”, from Sad Sad Feet, or how about “I want to burn until the end” from, um, Burn Until the End). Meanwhile, the music switches between tender melodies, spiky, discordant excursions or droning repetition. Sound familiar? When the influence is at its most obvious, on Sad Sad Feet, say, Le Bon could be parodying The Velvet Underground’s Pale Blue Eyes.
Which might suggest a deeply scarred and tragic life, but as Le Bon admits her only brushes with death and loss were formative experiences losing pets it rather diminishes any feeling of cathartic release. Perhaps, though, in a strange way, the fact Le Bon can fashion such haunting ghoulishness from a relatively glib root trauma (come on, nobody over 10 years old loves their pets that much) makes her even more interesting.
In a word, Me Oh My is ‘kooky’, but what the hell: one person’s tragedy is another’s Fast Show sketch. --Andy Fyfe
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Top Customer Reviews
So, what's her selling point? Wisely, she has acquiesced to Gruff Rhys's advances, becoming the first signing to his Irony Bored label. As such, she has the full Super Furry support, already gaining just that on a recent tour. And eagle-eared musos will be quick to point out that the pair have previous, her lungs being put to good use on the curious Neon Neon track `I Lust U'.
Being Welsh, naturally Miss Bon has a cadent vocal, pitched neither squeakily nor quite as far into Nico-country as some may have you believe. Her solo work is mostly acoustic, folk-influenced and, all importantly, comes spliced with occasional SFA-brand madness. The Coral-like skiffle on album highlight `Burn Until The End' makes the subject matter clear, and the unplugged, Radiator quality that `Shoeing The Bones' exudes is there for all to hear.
It is safe to say those looking for a sing-along chorus can look away now, as Me Oh My doesn't got none. And still less, those wishing for shiny production values need not apply. Be told, Cate Le Bon is nothing like Bat For Lashes and her fantasy pop. Miss Bon instead possesses a gentle eccentricity, less developed than, say, Devendra Banhart's hirsute freak-folk, but their similarity in album titles still ought to be noted and suggests a mild affinity. In full, for reference, here we go: "Oh Me Oh My...The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit".Read more ›
Beautiful songs, genuine emotion and a distinctly non-mainstream take on the world.
Would highly recommend, but be prepared to stick with it, give it some time and you will be rewarded.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed it, didn't know what to expect as iv'e only just discovered her, probably be getting more of her musicPublished 3 months ago by M.T.Pritchard
A great debut record that gets better and better with every listenPublished 10 months ago by nathan hoskinson
a fantastically refreshing listen. definitely buy this CD! I will def be buying the next one when it comes out.Published on 7 May 2012 by a_nonny_mouse