Le Bon relies on the music
ONCE Ballroom, Somerville, Mass., June 30, 2019
Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz
Welsh artist Cate Le Bon kept it serious on this night. She's not a big personality or a big talker. That meant she had to rely on her music - not a bad thing for a musician.
Having released "Reward" earlier this year, Le Bon played nine of its 10 songs. Evident of her own belief in her material, Le Bon sang with an intensity and believability.
That extended to the playing as well. Le Bon was backed by a dexterous band as members switched off on instruments with each other a few times.
LeBon may not have been the most engaging performer, relying for the most part on her songs to carry the show. On this evening, that proved to be enough.
Moon Diagrams opened the show. In reality, this was a one-man band of Moses Archuleta, also known as one of the founders of the indie rock band Deerhunter. Archuleta was at the keyboards with the short set picking up the pace as it went along.
The music was on the esoteric side with loops going. It may have taken a few songs to get into it, and before you knew it, Moon Diagrams abruptly called it a night.