Cate Le Bon is pretty damn Welsh sounding. She also makes damn pretty music, filled with wistful folk leanings and lovely, dirty, slightly demented sounds. The songs found on her second album, CYRK are all honest, clanging pop songs that manage to take you by surprise with their subtle darker edges and faintly aggressive undercurrent.

The first I heard of Miss Le Bon was during her stint as supporting act for and member of St Vincent's touring band in the UK recently. During her brief opening set, she showcased harrowing, purely acoustic songs that kept the whole room captive with their bare-faced simplicity. Hearing these songs for the second time around, replete with garage rock drums and stoner retro-synths laden all over the top was actually really, really weird. But with repeated listens, I came to love this new, dirty mess.

CYRK is hugely indebted to the off-kilter production vibes courtesy of one Mr Gruff Rhys, with whom Cate "spent days plugging different things into one another – it was so much fun." The marching drums and brass on 'Greta' are a particular standout moment, with Cate's serene, crystal vocal floating over the top. 'Ploughing Out (Parts 1 & 2)' have evolved from the sombre acoustic numbers that I first heard into a psychedelic, 60s bliss-out, and it works supremely well.

There's a lot of fuzz on this album. The vocals themselves sound warm and close, and the lyrics speak of the earth and the countryside, with a decidedly happier bent than her first album, 'Me Oh My'. The jangling, repetitive guitar strums are swamped in a big woolskin blanket of vintage distortion. All of this serves to coat the inherent darkness in Cate's melodies and emotions in something more palatable; it all feels like a trip on mushrooms, rather than a harsh chemical stint on LSD.

The press release for this album tells us that "Cate Le Bon's days as a farmgirl in West Wales may be long behind her," and they're right to say so. She's a country girl in the city, playing with dangerous men with big racks of synthesizers; and the things they're doing to her songs sound, frankly, awesome.