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Twist of Cate

Cate Le Bon tweaked and twiddled her art-pop into the most pleasing shapes imaginable on her new album ‘Pompeii’, which was released earlier this year. She’s visiting Newcastle in August.

‘Pompeii’, Cate Le Bon’s wondrous sixth album, is perhaps her most poppy yet. And by poppy I don’t mean she’s pulled out her big book of ‘Steps-isms’ and taken it from there. She hasn’t even went down the avant-pop Charli XCX route, or taken a cue from the maximilism approach of someone like Sophie. No – this is pop David Bowie style, specifically Bowie’s late 70s adventures, where there wasn’t an envelope the great man wasn’t pushing. ‘Pompeii’ is packed with melodic shafts of light and shade and thrumming with subtle melodic flourishes that only unfurl themselves after several listens. (Apparently, after her last album – the also fab ‘Reward’ – Le Bon stepped back from making music for a while and listened to Bowie on a daily basis, which makes sense when you listen to ‘Pompeii’). The Welsh singer/songwriter, and much in-demand producer, is now based in California’s Mojave Desert, so it’ll be great to welcome her back to our shores this August, especially as she’s swinging by our way. Gig of the summer? Could be. DP

Cate Le Bon, Tuesday 16 August, Newcastle University Student Union, 7pm, £24.20. ticketweb.uk

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