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“…Next up was the strikingly chill Cate Le Bon, who entered the stage without a word. Clad in opaque shades covering her eyes and a slight smile, she appeared totally unperturbed. Her band led in with the slow instrumental buildup on “Miami,” the first song off her 2019 album Reward. Though it runs five minutes long, it only contains thirty-nine words. With its pensive, minimalistic lyrical style paired with an eccentric keyboard and trailing saxophones, the track serves as a good prologue to what’s to come on the new project.
Finally addressing her audience fifteen minutes in, she vented a common complaint of the day. “Holy Shit Chicago – it is so freaking hot, and this dress does not breathe.” She did look stunning in the sleeved sapphire gown, but I had been wondering how she was holding up under the sun and stage lights. The Welsh songstress speaks the same way she sings. Her heavily accented voice is soft and understated, but she is not shy to express what’s on her mind.
About halfway through the set, she moved into more animated songs like “Home To You,” which translated well into a live performance. Though it was upbeat compared to most of her set, it still fit in with the rest of the alien-sounding album that delves deep into her personal experience with loneliness. With every graceful movement she made, I found myself more entranced and drawn into her peculiar world…”