Welsh singer Cate Le Bon's third album Mug Museum
was released today via Wichita. Her past albums' subject matter typically involved family, relationships, and death, and this one is no different as it was partially inspired by the passing of Le Bon's grandmother. Although it touches on some feelings of gloominess, there is a bit of sunshine that breaks through the dark clouds, resulting in a simplistic Velvet Underground-esque storytelling.
The ten tracks on Mug Museum
range in mood and tempo with Le Bon's subtle, Welsh accent bleeding into her vocals and accompanying an airy guitar strands. The energy that encompasses this album developed when Le Bon started questioning her place within her family's female line after her grandmother's death. She stated, "I felt a very palpable shift in the roles that we'd all become accustomed to" and "this period of calm, lengthy, intent consideration in turn drew other relationships into the Mug Museum
Opening track "I Can't Help You" is comparable to a 1960s sunny day spent in the meadows, while "Sisters" gets a bit rowdier with organs and drums driving the chorus. "I Think I Knew" features vocals from Mike Handrea (also known by stage name Perfume Genius), and the album ends with a dramatic, and somewhat tragic "Mug Museum." The record is an easy-listener that's full of feelings of melancholy and enveloped by sweet melodies.
Get your copy of Mug Museum here