Review: It's been ticking on three years since Cate Le Bon gave us Crab Day, the Welsh singer-songwriter's third album before now. With horns very much a focal point in Le Bon's unique sound throughout the album, it's their fusion with synths that really accent their impact. Breezy, post-90s jazz numbers that nudge at memories of shoegaze and The Cranberries make their way into early sections of the album too, with playful French pop gestures finding their way through motifs of art rock and New Yorkian post punk and new wave. Given a slighty different slant as it's sung through a welsh guise, Le Bon's ability to carry celtic-like themes through her music furthermore adds to a subtle mysticism in her sound that's playful and bluesy with a folk touch.
Review: After six years, legendary Massachusetts group Sebadoh - friends of Subpop from back in the day - deliver a new album called "Act Surprised". It adds a revitalised bevy of local blues tales and happy go lucky songs to an audience that can be assured the spirit of American punk, grunge, shoegaze and rock is still strong in Sebadoh. That '90s movie soundtrack motif - whether the band wanted it or not - is still there and sounding unique and finely restored. With accents and sounds of both the music and voices giving rise to memories of when bands like Weezer, Pearl Jam and Tool were dominating the airwaves, it's good to know that the grungy low slung feels of Sebadoh are still in their melancholic, easy going, Massachusetts way.