This Week in Posivibes: Cate Le Bon’s Rock Pool


Cate Le Bon has released the follow-up to last year’s wonderfully odd Crab Day. In describing the new album, out via Drag City, Cate Le Bon has said: “Rock Pool is the killed darlings from the Crab Day sessions brought back to life on a classic 2-2 formation. Written under the same banner of the impossibly absurd and emerging to unimaginable bedlam.”

One reviewer writes, “For Le Bon, nonsense is the only way to maintain sanity in a senseless world.” But to call Le Bon’s songwriting nonsense is to miss the logic—albeit a very different, and loosely gathered logic—that holds the music and songwriting so wonderfully together. “The sound is playful: wild fun in constant danger of unraveling,” another reviewer notes, “[h]owever, the playfulness is contained in deftly composed songwriting, bursting with formal surprises and rhythmic turnarounds.”

Le Bon is currently touring with Tim Presley. Listen to the album’s title song after the jump.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →