• Cate Le Bon

Cyrk (The Control Group), the recent second album by Welsh singer Cate Le Bon, is the year’s first great record. I loved her debut, but this one is even better: her sophisticated singing traverses some cosmic British folk-rock terrain, but she doesn’t sound remotely retro. Le Bon returns to Chicago for a show at Schubas on February 14, and I’ll be writing a preview for that; in the meantime, here’s a little taste. After the jump is the video for “Fold the Cloth.”