"The weather licked your face dry"
Cate Le Bon, can we be friends? It is almost like I am listening to some of my favourite musicians all at once... You have the instrumental sounds of Lou Reed or Mac Demarco: the nostalgic trebly guitars, the thumpy bass, the cute organ sounds, the sharp drums keeping tight time.
It's almost that I am hearing inspiration from Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab), Sharon Van Etten, and Victoria Legrand – without the reverb-effect (Beach House) in your vocal delivery. Such sweet melodies!
But the songs are sugary too and simple like Jonathan Richman's. Nothing is too heavy, it sits on a even plain, dynamically speaking... until you get about 1/2 way through the record. Then it starts to become a bit more of a psychedelic pop experience with a folk foundation, bending sounds and trying to rock out a little more. Slightly haunting, the songs become, playing with tonality and tempo, and every moment I tune into some great lyric lines that poke through and make me say, "Yessssss!"
Mug Museum is not something that you need to sit and pay close attention to but it is nice to. This album just has a sound and feeling that calls back to the 1960's UK and west coast pops. It's no surprise that the producer of this record had to do with the likes of Joanna Newsom and Devandra Banhart. Noah Georgeson had produced something quite special here in LA, but this album was an international collaboration with instrumentalists: Sweet Baboo, H. Hawkline and Nick Murray from White Fence!
Mug Museum is full of little gifts! It's nice to see new artists reminiscing through sound and Cate Le Bon does it brilliantly while leaving her own unique mark. (8.5/10)