Entries tagged with: Cats Eyes
by Bill Pearis
It's been five years since Cat's Eyes (aka Faris Badwan of The Horrors and Rachel Zeffira) delivered their excellent debut album. While their sumptuous score to last year's charmingly kinky The Duke of Burgundy was very lovely, they're finally back with new pop music. Treasure House will be out June 3 on their own RAF imprint. That's a ways off still, but they've released a lyric video for "Chameleon Queen." Quite different from anything on their girl-group-inspired debut, it's a baroque piano ballad, sung by Badwan with Zeffira providing otherworldly backing vocals. Faris tells us a little about the lyric video:
Late last year I travelled to Rachel's deserted childhood home in the Canadian wilderness...when we arrived there was a bear on the front lawn and the whole town was surrounded by forest fires. The lyric video was shot at 9pm and as you will see with your own eyes there was no one around.Spooky. Check out the video, as well as Treasure House's artwork and tracklist, below..
by Bill Pearis
Primal Scream have released the first single from their forthcoming album Chaosmosis. "Where the Light Gets In" is a duet with Sky Ferreira and is as close to pure synthpop (a la Giorgio Moroder) as they've ever done. Watch the video, below.
That is not the only guest appearance, either -- Haim and Cat's Eyes' Rachel Zeffira are also on the LP. Chaosmosis is out March 18 via First International/Ignition.
by Bill Pearis
For romantics in need of a little BDSM on the big screen, there is really only one choice: Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy, which tells the tale of entomologist lovers who struggle to maintain their relationship though varying degrees of enthusiasm for being locked in a chest. It's funny, smart, romantic, kinda sweet, absolutely gorgeous to look at and -- while there is maybe another bondage-themed film out this weekend -- surely The Duke of Burgundy is the only one to have a closing credit for "Human Toilet consultants." It's in theaters, on-demand and through the streaming service of your choice, now.
It's also got a sumptuous oboe/harpsichord/flute-filed score by Cat's Eyes (Faris of The Horrors and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira) that recalls the early '70s heyday of Ennio Morricone, John Barry, and Paul Giovanni and Magnet. You can check out the video for the main theme, which is basically the film's opening credits, and stream the whole soundtrack (via Dazed Digital), below...
by Bill Pearis
Cat's Eyes, aka Horrors frontman Faris Badwan and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira, have composed the score and soundtrack for new film The Duke of Burgundy, which opens in select North American cities and VOD on January 23. The soundtrack will be out February 16 via the group's RAF label. The film was was directed by Peter Strickland who gave us 2012's superb giallo tribute, Berberian Sound Studio (which featured a score by Broadcast), and is an homage to '70s-era European erotic (Eurotic, if you will) melodramas. Faris Badwan talked to The Quietus about their approach to the project:
Like many other musicians, Rachel and I have always had aspirations towards working on film soundtracks - so we were happy when Peter trusted us to write the score for his incredible film. Working on the film, the narrative was already there and we had to write music tailored towards it. Long before any filming, we read the script and began writing music based on individual characters and themes...Cat's Eyes' propensity for harpsichords, oboes and other baroque instrumentation seems like a perfect fit for this kind of thing, and you can stream the gorgeous opening theme to The Duke of Burgundy, below. As for the film, here's The Duke of Burgundy's one-line synopsis: "Two women take their carnal desires to the extreme in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of sex and butterflies." The Dissolve named it their favorite film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, calling it "a stunning-looking and-sounding film, which occasionally digresses into pure avant-garde texture. But it's also a film about recognizable human beings, with real emotional reactions." You can see The Duke of Burgundy in NYC at the IFC Center starting January 23. You can check out the trailer and poster for the film below.
...We were writing for Peter and the film rather than ourselves and in some ways that was sort of liberating. We had specific scenes to follow and subtle movements to draw attention to... it was very different to making a normal album. In the process, we must have watched the film hundreds of times... and we still like it. We were lucky in that the script was really great and there were some extremely memorable characters to work with.
It's been almost four years since Cat's Eyes released their terrific debut and with this soundtrack, the band are officially back in action, and are currently working on their second official album. Zeffira released a solo album in 2013 which is worth checking out too.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Cats Eyes singer Rachel Zeffira's solo debut, The Deserters, got its North American release last week (3/12) via Toronto's Paper Bag Records. If you haven't heard it, it's a lovely baroque pop that was clearly made by a classically trained musician who loves girl groups and My Bloody Valentine in equal measure. (It is a nice snowy morning record like NYC is currently experiencing.) You can stream it via Spotify below and check out the video to "Here On In."
Rachel will be playing a couple North American shows this spring, including one in NYC at The Slipper Room on May 6. Tickets are on sale now, and all dates (there are only two) are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Rachel Zeffira is one half of Cat's Eyes (the other half being Faris of the Horrors) and, as mentioned briefly, she released her bewitching solo debut, The Deserters, in late 2012 in the UK via her and Faris' own RAF Records. Resplendent with oboes, melotrons, cellos and other classical instruments and made with help from members of Toy and S.C.U.M., it's haunting baroque pop and well worth checking out, very much a January record.
While it gets a North American physical release in March via Paper Bag (it's out digitally this week), you can stream the whole thing below now. Also below is the new video for The Deserters' official single, "Here On In," which was directed by fashion photographer Yuval Hen.
Streams and video are below...
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Rachel Zeffira of Cat's Eyes released her first solo album, The Deserters, today in the UK. Like her band (with Farris of The Horrors), it's vaguely '60s-ish, but quite lovely and makes for nice mellow listening. You can stream the whole album below.
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by Bill Pearis
Cat's Eyes were supposed to play Bowery Ballroom tonight -- their first-ever U.S. show -- but ended up canceling their first U.S. shows due to "unforeseen circumstances." Hopefully those dates will be rescheduled soon. Their album, however, is out today digitally (CD/LP lovers must wait two weeks) and well worth picking up. With '60s pop as a starting point, Faris Badwan (of The Horrors, who have a new album out this summer) and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira have crafted their own melancholic, lush and rather lovely take on '60s pop. You can download "Not a Friend" from their website and there are a couple videos below. Faris and Zeffira were over last month to discuss their roundabout recording process, obscure girl groups, and making their live debut at The Vatican.
We talked about how they met, recording the new album, Chris Cunningham, the Vatican, Joe Meek, Henry Mancini, the band name & more. Read our chat below...
Cat's Eyes were scheduled to hit NYC, LA and San Francisco this week, but now all three U.S. shows are marked as "Postponed" with a note that "Rescheduled details will be coming soon."
by Bill Pearis
While we wait for the Horrors to follow-up 2009's excellent Primary Colours, front man Faris Badwan has started another band (he's adamant it's not a "side project"), Cat's Eyes, a duo with Rachel Zewffira, a Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist. Musically, Cat's Eyes promises to be, in the words of the press release, "a romantic pop masterpiece fit to dine at the same table as mid-'60s productions by Phil Spector, Joe Meek or Shadow Morton, but with a fiercely modern, experimental premise, which constantly leaves you wondering just what you're listening to, and how on earth it was created."
That certainly sounds interesting. You can download "Not A Friend" over at RCRD LBL. I didn't wonder what I was listening to, or how on earth it was created, but it's a nice little understated song that's quite pretty. Cat's Eyes debut is due out May 3 (via on Cooperative Music USA / Downtown Records). That same week, Cat's Eyes will perform at Bowery Ballroom (May 5) and tickets are on sale now.
Cat's Eyes first live performance was at The Vatican. Yes, that Vatican. Badwan told NME: "We were actually in the Basilica, with all the cardinals in the middle of a Mass. We didn't even tell them we werer going to do it. We just booked under the name of a local choir, sang along with them and then started playing our song "I Knew it Was Over" at the end. The cardinals were totally into it."
There's footage of that covert performance below. Cat's Eyes proper debut gig is March 14 in Manchester. All 2011 non-Vatican tour dates (California included) are below...