By Andy Malt | Published on Monday 9 January 2017
Banana is something of a side-project for Cate Le Bon and the most recent incarnation of her live backing band – Sweet Baboo, H Hawkline, Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, producer Josiah Steinbrick and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Performing music directed by Steinbrick, they also performed as the standalone opening act on Le Bon’s ‘Crab Day’ tour.
The semi-improvisational group are now set to release their debut album, ‘Live’, on 27 Jan. Originally recorded last year as a special performance for Dublab, they’re keeping the project going with a full release.
“Banana was a new experience for us”, says Steinbrick. “The sound of musicians I feel very connected to playing freely around composed pieces under my direction – exploring themes and theories of naturalism and modalism through repetition. For those in search of a bath, a rinse, a departure, or an expansion. Hopefully exotic, hopefully pleasant”.
Available to hear ahead of the album’s release is ‘Banana C’, a swirl of marimba and saxophone, leaning towards hypnotic jazz. Listen here:
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