Charles Manson

California Sounds: Cate Le Bon, the Molochs and Barclay Crenshaw greet the year with open ears

California Sounds: Cate Le Bon, the Molochs and Barclay Crenshaw greet the year with open ears

Cate Le Bon, “Rock Pool” video (Drag City). In the new video for “Rock Pool,” singer and songwriter Le Bon mixes filters and effects that recall 1980s public access cable with jump-cuts and repetitive edits of the artist maneuvering her body, and the result suggests a kind of Kodachrome mysticism.

Scoring the sequences is a song that moves with a punky clunkiness that makes each measure wobble. Music pros might call it an amateurishness, but across “Rock Pool” and the three other tracks on her new EP, the Welsh expat living in L.A. delivers durable songs that touch on Brill Building...

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