Cate Le Bon announces new album, Crab Day

The West-Walian wonder has announced her follow-up to Mug Museum

The last LP we got from West Wales’ finest export, Cate Le Bon, was her wigged-out psych-rock collaboration with White Fence’s Tim Presley, DrinksHermits On Holiday.

Now she’s got another album in the pipeline: Crab Day.

Of the album, Cate says, mysteriously: “Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It’s the sound of the ‘accidentally on purpose’ coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fuelled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It’s a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up. Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn’t a holiday at all.”

There’s a film (above) and short tour to go with it, too.

She says of the shows: “Being the monstrous pessimist that I am, I was of the mind that the actuality of these shows happening was a pipe dream given that the ensemble comprises some of LA’s finest and most sought after musicians (H.Hawkline and I always thought of ourselves as the feral element, the sand in the gourmet sandwich) and everyone’s schedules and various commitments would be a catastrophe to sync. But the seeds were sown and I could not stop fantasising about how wonderful it would be to introduce Crab Day not exactly as it is on record but as a live experience backed by this powerhouse of a band.”

She adds: “BANANA, which will comprise of Josiah Steinbrick, Josh Klinghoffer, Stella Mozgawa, Stephen Black, H.Hawkline and myself, will open the evening with a set of equally composed and improvised adventures through tuned repetition, polyrhythm and Eastern themes, near and far, for movement and dance followed by half-time orange segments, costume changes and a reshuffling of the cabinet for a very special performance of Crab Day.”

Crab Day will be released 15 April on Turnstile in the UK and Europe and Drag City in the US. See the album artwork below.