Pompeii, Cate Le Bon’s 6th and much lauded album, saw the multi instrumentalist, composer and highly sought after producer and collaborator (Wilco, Devendra Banhart, John Grant, H. Hawkline, Deerhunter, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile) deliver an album suspended in time. The songs felt both of the moment and instant but reactionary and Dada-esque in their insistence to be playful, satirical, and surreal. The follow up to 2019’s Mercury-nominated Reward, bears a storied title summoning apocalypse, but the metaphor eclipses any “dissection of immediacy,” says Le Bon. As Bradford Cox aptly notes about Le Bon, “there are artists who look inwards or outwards, and then there are the very rare ones who transcend either location.”

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