CYRK II

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Hot on the heels of the magnificent scatterbrain garage of CYRK, Cate Le Bon is back with an EP of songs, which for one reason or another didn’t make the cut, the aptly named CYRK II. From the outset it is easy to see why these songs refused to be discarded (or used as B-sides for what they are worth in this day and age). The album has a similar flow to it’s older sibling, with stark ballads (“That Moon”, “January”) filtering into the clattering tunes which make up the rest of the record. “What Is Worse” is as good an opener as you’re likely to hear on any album this year, it’s ultra simple guitar riff and typical sparse production are a perfect match. A more confessional offering to what we’ve been accustomed to in the past, Le Bon proclaims “I have no money, but I live like royalty” in a song which is nerveless tinged with sadness. “The Eiggy Sea” is a fun psychedelic jaunt and “Seaside, Lowtide” is a sleepy lullaby which is broken up by some particularly pleasing fuzz guitar solos played at a snails pace. What more could you ask for? Well, the short journey is rounded off with the aforementioned “January”, a kind of low rent epic with its childishly picked guitar and a gorgeous vocal performance from Le Bon herself. If you’re new to the cosmic world of Cate Le Bon then it might be best to check out CYRK and Me Oh My before getting your hands on this EP, but for anyone else in need of a new fix this is well worth the purchase. Another master class in the unconventional and understated song.

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