Without her usual jagged guitar and driving rhythm section, Le Bon’s voice becomes centre-focus, but this only serves to show how beautiful it is. Read our review of the final instalment in Cate Le Bon’s string of shows with just herself and a piano.
“This is very civilized” Cate Le Bon jokes as she takes her seat at the grand piano in the polished, modern concert hall of King’s Place. Tonight is the final show of her first solo piano tour, the prospect of which she tells the audience initially “terrified her”. She needn’t have worried. Without her usual jagged guitar and driving rhythm section, Le Bon’s voice becomes centre-focus, but this only serves to show how beautiful it is.
Fan favourites such as “Love is Not Love” and “I Think I Knew” almost sound like new songs, slowed and coated in tumbling piano and woodwind instruments (the latter played by one half of support band Group Learning, Steve Black aka Sweet Baboo). This works well because Le Bon also treats the seated audience to a selection of new songs from her forthcoming album, due out this year. These songs would suggest a slower, more reflective release but it is hard to say given the delicate setting.
Classics and new ones aside, the last highlight of the night is the cover of Paul McCartney’s “Waterfalls”. The pensive clarinet and hypnotic delivery of Le Bon’s version almost make it seem as if quirky lyrics like “Some big friendly polar bear might want to take you home” have finally nailed how you’ve been feeling about life this whole time. A wonderful way to see a wonderful artist.