Le Bon was born in Penboyr, Carmarthenshire, Wales, and first gained public attention when she supported Gruff Rhys (of the Super Furry Animals) on his 2007 solo UK tour. She appeared as a guest vocalist on Neon Neon’s 2008 single “I Lust U” from their album Stainless Style. Under her original name she provided backing vocals on Richard James’s debut solo album The Seven Sleepers Den in 2006. She also appeared on his second solo album, We Went Riding, from 2010.
Her first official release was a Welsh language EP, Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg (“Looking in the Eyes of a Borrowed Horse”, similar to the English expression “to look a gift horse in the mouth”), on Peski Records in 2008. She also self-released the double Aside debut single “No One Can Drag Me Down” / “Disappear” (described by Gruff Rhys as “Bobbie Gentry and Nico fight over a Casio keyboard; melody wins!”) on her website. Le Bon worked alongside Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s Megan Childs, who contributed violin, and Super Furry Animals and Thrills collaborator John Thomas, who added pedal steel.
Her debut album, Me Oh My (previously known by the working title Pet Deaths), was released in 2009.
In 2010, Le Bon provided backing vocals on several tracks from The Gentle Good’s second album, Tethered for the Storm. She also collaborated with Race Horses lead singer Meilyr Jones on the project Yoke. In 2011, Lex Records artist Boom Bip featured Le Bon’s voice on the track “Do as I Do” on the Zig Zaj release.
In 2012, Le Bon released the album Cyrk, followed by the Cyrk II EP.
In January 2013, Le Bon moved to Los Angeles to further her career in the US. Her latest album, Mug Museum, released November 2013, was produced by Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick in Los Angeles, and features her then partner H. Hawkline on guitar and Sweet Baboo on bass. She provided guest vocals on the track “Slow Train” from Kevin Morby’s debut album Harlem River and on the track “Coming Through” which appears on the album Nobody Knows. by Willis Earl Beal.
In September and October 2013, Le Bon supported Manic Street Preachers on several of their UK tour dates. She performed lead vocals on the track “4 Lonely Roads” from their album Rewind the Film, released in September 2013.
In 2015, Le Bon and Tim Presley announced a debut album named Hermits on Holiday for their new collaboration, DRINKS. It was released in August 2015. Le Bon also co-wrote and provided lead vocal in the same year on The Chemicals Brother track “Born In The Echoes” from the album of the same name.
Le Bon released her fourth studio album, Crab Day, on 15 April 2016 on Turnstile Music and Drag City (USA) to critical acclaim. The album was produced by Josiah Steinbrick and Noah Georgeson and recorded at Panoramic House, a hilltop mansion in the coastal town of Stinson Beach, California.
Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude, in April of last year . 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.