CATE LE BON announces new album POMPEII
Out February 4, 2022 on Mexican Summer, and 2022 Tour
Watch the Video for Lead Single “Running Away”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYibZJk7qesWritten primarily on bass and composed entirely alone in an “uninterrupted vacuum,” Le Bon plays every instrument (except drums and saxophones) and recorded the album largely by herself with long-term collaborator and co-producer Samur Khouja in Cardiff, Wales. Enforced time and space pushed boundaries, leading to an even more extreme version of Le Bon’s studio process – as exits were sealed, she granted herself “permission to annihilate identity.”
Tim Presley’s painting hung on the studio wall as a meditative image for Le Bon and was reproduced as a portrait of her for the Pompeii album cover. Fist across the heart, stalwart and saintly: how to make “music that sounds like a painting?” Le Bon asked herself. Enter piles of Pompeii’s signature synths made on favourites such as the Yamaha DX7, amongst others; basslines inspired by 1980s Japanese city pop, designed to bring joyfulness and abandonment; vocal arrangements that add memorable depth to the melodic fabric of each song; long-term collaborator Stella Mozgawa’s “jazz-thinking” percussion patched in from quarantined Australia; and Khouja’s encouraging presence.
Lead single “Running Away” is accompanied by a video, directed by longtime collaborator Casey Raymond and recorded in The Factory in Porth, Wales. It features Le Bon alongside saxophonist Euan Hinshelwood. The song radiates sax-swagger; a tale exquisite in nature but ultimately doomed (The fountain that empties the world / Too beautiful to hold), escapism lives as a foil to the outside world. Pompeii’s audacious tribute to memory, compassion, and mortal salience is here to stay.
Watch Cate Le Bon’s “Running Away” Video HERE
Pre-order Pompeii HERE
1. Dirt on the Bed
3. French Boys
6. Running Away
7. Cry Me Old Trouble
8. Remembering Me
Cate Le Bon 2022 Belgian Tour Date
Mon. April 11 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
Download hi-res press images and album art