By Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon emerged with the Welsh psych-folk scene, collaborating with the likes of Super Furry Animals and Richard James.
It's a formative influence that she almost entirely sheds on her fourth album, Crab Day. Only one of these ten tracks nods to her earlier influence, 'Love Is Not Love' turning down the captivating weirdness to reveal a sparse loveliness.
Elsewhere the focus borders on Krautrock being fed through the gnarly guitars of Television, over which her distinctively doleful Nico-esque vocals teeter.
This is particularly evident on the seven-minute closer 'What's Not Mine', where the insistent rhythm section locks into a groove that's hypnotically cool even if it doesn't add anything to the overall track.
Despite these post-punk influences - 'Wonderful' for instance, could almost be The Slits - the album still sounds decidedly 'now'. There's no sense of Le Bon trying to emulate past styles but much of the material gives the impression that it was tremendous fun for the band to record.
It's this addictive sense of joy, combined with an artistic honesty that's seen her becoming progressively more off-kilter with each release, which makes Crab Days such a catch.