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Pompeii

(Mexican Summer)

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No one wields isolation more beautifully than Cate Le Bon, whose acclaimed 2019 album, Reward, was created during a solitary year of furniture building.

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Following the more recent, compulsory period of isolation, Le Bon returns with a follow up as intricately surreal and elegantly introspective as its predecessor. Opener “Dirt on the Bed” is oddly compelling, with atonal strumming an drooping horns, but second track “Moderation” sets Pompeii’s tone with a dexterous bass groove under a hazy, striking melody. There’s an aching pop forwardness throughout the album’s nine tracks, conveyed by a misty DX7, lavish sax, and Le Bon’s winged vocals, sifting through ash and time to find meaning. –Emily Nokes

 This review originally appeared in BUST's Spring 2022 print edition. Subscribe today!

Emily Nokes is BUST's music editor.

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