Cate Le Bon
is a keystone, using the weight of her influences to steady a house that is entirely her own making. Whether producing others or at the helm of her own maxi-minimal deconstructionist music, her method remains the same as it ever was: take it apart, find the stone that sings, build it back from the top down.
Cate is currently working on her fifth studio album and recently found a perfect new home for her compositions with American visionaries Mexican Summer (Ariel Pink, Jessica Pratt, Connan Mockasin). 2018 saw the second release of her weirdo-automatic-folk-ballad-krautrock side project, Drinks, with long time partner in rhyme Tim Presley (White Fence) to much critical acclaim.
In April of this year she traveled to Marfa, Tx to work on a collaboration with Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox during the prestigious Marfa Myths Festival. This musical kinship and mutual admiration for one another led to Cox to ask her to produce their new album. It’s beginning to feel like the Welsh writer’s creative threads are truly coming together. No other musician sounds like this and no one puts heart into concrete like Cate Le Bon. For fans of architecture, night flights and the sea.
Contemporary Music Programmer, Jacob Silkin explained: ‘When we started assembling our wish lists for Venus Unwrapped, Cate Le Bon was right up at the top of mine. Uncategorisable and fearless in her creative direction, she’s what this season is about and I’m delighted to have such a singular artist open it. This will be a rare opportunity to hear stripped back variations of her songs in the sublime acoustics of our main hall. I can’t wait!’
In 2019 Kings Place’s award-winning flagship series focuses on the creative firepower of women composers: Venus Unwrapped. Across twelve months and more than sixty events, we unlock the secret history of music by women, a shadow canon that begins with the music of medieval nuns, moves on to gifted professionals working in the European courts, the stifling world of the 19th-century drawing room, radical voices of the 20th century and into an explosion of creativity from female artists today in all genres.
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