Cate Le Bon possesses that rarest of gifts; a specific sound instantly recognisable as hers, but one pliable enough to take her anywhere. On Reward, the fifth in a series of increasingly impressive records, she uses it to visit her most mesmerising musical territory yet. A rock record only in the broadest of terms, Le Bon is wilfully experimental across Reward, but always in control. Her music is playful and delicate, highly intellectual without snobbery. Consistently, it’s a joy, from the peculiar beauty of the brass-laden ‘Miami’ opener through the effortless pining of ‘Daylight Matters’ to the closing staccato lament of ‘Meet the Man’. At once a comforting and curious listen, Reward is an excellent album from an artist finally getting the recognition she deserves.
Photo by Ivana Kličković.
Buy: Cate Le Bon – Reward