Gig of the month alert!
‘Reward’ is Cate Le Bon’s fifth album and it’s her most complete, and eccentric, to date. Apparently she took herself off to a cottage in the Lake District to write it – all alone – and while that may make you think we’re in for a treatise on solitude and much plaintive wailing, you’d be wrong. It’s actually a very warm album and even when she’s singing, ‘Love you, I love you, I love you, I love, but you’re gone’ (on ‘Daylight Matters’) she imbues it with as much light as shade. The instrumentation is also a real thing of joy – think art folk or bucolic pop – which is forever catapulting these songs down strange but undeniably interesting avenues. Her breakthrough album was 2016’s very fine ‘Crab Day’, but she’s really upped the weirdness, upped the lusciousness and upped the uniqueness on this record, her very finest to date.
Monday 26 August, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £17.50. thecluny.com