Cate Le Bon
Naming an album after the Polish word for ‘circus’ may seem a strange move for a petdeath- obsessed farm girl from west Wales famed for Nico-esque ditties. But, from the moment jumpy, garagepop opener ‘Falcon Eyed’ trapezes towards you, it’s clear that Cate Le Bon is in carnival spirits throughout her second LP. Having had pillaging rights to partner-in-crime Gruff Rhys’s instrument cupboard when recording ‘CYRK’, Cate parades her musical ingenuity with everything from twinkling jazz piano (see ‘Greta’) to St. Vincent guitar squeals (see ‘Fold The Cloth’). Unfortunately, as ‘Julia’ demonstrates, she’s also discovered the joys of a Moog dirge.