CATE LE BON’S KALEIDOSCOPIC PSYCH FOLK AND OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

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Somewhere in the air above Wales there’s a sonic trap tuned to collect whatever errant strains of the psychedelic ’70s still tumble through the atmosphere. These are funneled into a still, and converted into the nectar that bands like Super Furry Animals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci have been drunk on since the ’90s. But there’s a new face at the font—Cardiff’s Cate Le Bon, who sings like Nico over a score that could’ve been produced by Os Mutantes in their prime. Cyrk is her second LP, and it’s rife with blurting guitar, tweaky percussion, interjecting organ, and rolling drums, not to mention the occasional mournful trumpet solo set to formless orchestra noise. It’s a lot of loose rhythms and knotted nostalgia, but while her peers would spend an album weaving in and out of proverbial rabbit holes, Le Bon’s kaleidoscope is firmly focused. Onion A.V. Club

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