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9. Cate Le Bon — CYRK
Le Bon is witty, elegant, (mostly) sad and sounds an awful lot like Nico. She’s able to slyly poke fun at the super serious—like a Wes Anderson muse in heavy eyeliner, reinterpreting the tragic archetype for the 2010s. On CYRK she displays a restlessness with polite folk-pop, knotting it with threads of psychedelia until it borders on ugly, then gracefully unwinding it. The delicateness of her voice on lines like, “On the worst day of his life, he'd still love more things than I like” is what makes the album so gorgeous, but also secretly subverted.
Key Track: “Ploughing Out, Part 1 & 2”