This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today’s video is ‘Moderation’ by Cate Le Bon.
Monday was officially release day for Cate Le Bon with her new album Pompeii shared with the world by record label Mexican Summer. To celebrate it’s release, today we’ve made single ‘Moderation’ our video of the week.
This record is Le Bon’s sixth album, and follows a period of isolated reflection and creation necessitated by the conditions of the pandemic over the last two years. Writing on the Le Bon’s new album for Wales Arts Review, Caragh Medlicott characterised the album as “circuitous and swirling, loosening up and sprawling out – it gazes into the horizon only to coil back up with synth lines that lay testament to how strange a thing pop can be.”
Writing, too, on single ‘Moderation’, Medlicott says: “‘Moderation’, reflects the indulgence many of us took solace in while holed up at home (‘moderation / I can’t have it / I don’t want it’). Its soundscape conjures the push and pull of trying to resist, as well as the delight of giving in. It is sonically propulsive but still lushly melodic with Le Bon’s vocals high and bright over jangly post-punk guitar. Still, there is something both broader and more specific going on here. This isn’t just about the more banal daily temptations, but also an acute self-examination of the insistent hunger for more which characterises Le Bon herself, and perhaps the artist’s temperament more generally.”
You can watch the music video for ‘Moderation’ by Cate Le Bon below.
Pompeii by Cate Le Bon is streaming across platforms now.
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