​watch cate le bon’s 11 minute performance art epic ahead of her album release

Shot in Berlin, the film was directed by visual artist and Turner prize nominee Phil Collins.

by Charlotte Gush
11 April 2016, 11:39pm

Welsh singer-songwriter Cate le Bon has created an 11 minute performance art epic to tease the release of her upcoming album Crab Day, out this Friday 15 April. The lyric-less work is a collaboration with the visual artist and Turner Prize nominee Phil Collins, who enlisted performers Felicity Croydon, Sharon Smith, Miki Shoji, Luc Guiol, Tina Pfurr, Yuebing Luo, Valentin Tszin, Simon Will, Roni Maciel, Johanna Lemke and Felix Saalmaann to interpret le Bon's beautifully erratic music, shot on location in Berlin.

"My desire was not to work with any artist on visuals for Crab Day, but to work with Phil," Cate says in a statement. "He creates a landscape that is anarchic and wide-open through careful consideration and exploration. There is no map. It is an empowering isolation that fills me up when I see his work. It's beautiful, strange and inescapably human. To have him take Crab Day and reimagine it as a visual piece is an absolute honour. No stone was left unturned and the friendship that we have fostered over the years was the anchor of the collaboration. He has made a coat that we can both wear."

Cate le Bon begins a UK tour in May, and if you want any more concrete info on the release in the meantime, well, tough. Here's some more beautifully bizarre poetics instead, from le Bon's website: "Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It's the sound of the 'accidentally on purpose' coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fuelled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It's a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up. Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn't a holiday at all".


Text Charlotte Gush

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