Cate Le Bon: “Daylight Matters”

Cate Le Bon writes songs in the absurdist tradition, as both as an escape and a mirror to the world. Her music is elliptical and sparse, using familiar sounds—chiming electric guitar, saxophone—to create her own alien landscape. “Daylight Matters,” the swooning first single from her new album Reward, isn’t so much a reinvention as it is a grand unveiling. It’s more Young Americans than Low, all glowing and swaggering and lovesick. While her recent music, solo and as part of the post-punk duo DRINKS, has seemed cloaked in mystery, she’s now more direct as an arranger and writer, breaking down in the bridge and layering her voice into a pleading choir of “c’mon”s. “A day in the life, arranging the chairs,” she sings coolly, as if gesturing toward her handiwork. “And I’m never gonna live it again.” She’s spent so long building her own world; it looks even stranger and more beautiful with the sun shining in.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/cate-le-bon-daylight-matters/

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