Cate Le Bon

Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Date: 6th December 2012

With the end of the year fast approaching, what better way could there be to celebrate what has been a great year for music than with a trip to Clwb Ifor Bach to watch Cate Le Bon.

As we enter the venue Perfume Genius is just about to start his set. Up until this point Perfume Genius is an artist that I have yet to hear but, after tonights show, is one that I will be listening to several times a week for a very long time to come. As soon as he started playing the entire venue was bought to a complete silence, the music was so fragile and beautiful, you could hear real pain and emotion in the songs that were being played. The entire audience was listening attentively to every word sung and every note played and, as soon as the set finished, there was only one thing left to do and that was dash to the CD stand to pick up a copy of the album to take home and treasure.

Cate Le Bon took to the stage, backed with her touring band which included Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), H Hawkline and Andy Fung (No Thee No Ess). The last time we saw Cate was back in the summer when she headlined the Walled Garden Stage at GreenMan festival and mesmerised the crowd on a dark beautiful night. This time round the intimate setting of Clwb was perfect for Cate and her band. Cate has a spell binding voice that is extremely captivating, from the minute she starts singing you start to drift off into a trance and become oblivious to everything going on around you. The set comprised mainly of songs from CYRK, an album that has been a firm favourite at AMP this year, ‘Fold the Cloth’, ‘Julia’, ‘Greta’, ‘Puts Me To Work’ and ‘Ploughing’ sound even better live than on record. As the set drew to an end Cate and Stephen jumped into the crowd giving the night the end of year feel that sends us out into the cold Cardiff night with an overwhelming sense of joy.

2012 has been a great year for Cate Le Bon, there is no doubt in my mind that she will continue to record music that is deserving of high recognition, and that she should be inundated with awards for the music she writes.

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