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Cate Le Bon's young niece did not take kindly to the idea of April Fool's Day. Instead, she declared, she would be celebrating Crab Day, and inaugurated an annual tradition of drawing crustaceans. And why the heck not? The budding surrealist realized early on that nonsense is often the best response to nonsense, that the constructs we use to prop up our lives are often totally arbitrary.

Named for her niece's flash of genius, Le Bon's fourth album features a song where the Welsh songwriter adopts an eerie falsetto and sings that she was born on the wrong day. A few years ago, her mum unearthed her birth certificate, and admitted to her daughter that they'd had her birthday a day off for nearly three decades. That sense of misaligned reality is the guiding force on Crab Day, where Le Bon establishes a strange, almost Dadaist lyrical scheme to make sense—or make more nonsense—of some unnamed life rupture that's left her grasping. Her perception is muddled, but in her solemn voice, everything appears clear: "I'm gonna cry in your mouth," she sings, like that's a perfectly sensible thing to do.

Art Rock, Indie Rock


1 Crab Day
2 Love Is Not Love
3 Wonderful
4 Find Me
5 I'm A Dirty Attic
6 I Was Born On The Wrong Day
7 We Might Revolve
8 Yellow Blinds, Cream Shadows
9 How Do You Know?
10 What's Not Mine

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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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