CAT’S EYES are a duo, formed by Rachel Zeffira, a renowned Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist based in London, and Faris Badwan, the statuesque singer from noisy British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors. The collision of their two very separate worlds, bring together all kinds of dualities – pop/classical, traditional/avant-garde, acoustic/electronic, virtuoso/novice, male/female, happy/sad amongst others.
Their debut album, called simply ‘Cat’s Eyes’, is a romantic pop masterpiece taking influence from mid-’60s productions by Phil Spector, Joe Meek and Shadow Morton, but with a fiercely modern, experimental premise. For Faris, it is a major departure from the whirlwind noise of The Horrors. For Rachel, too, it has been a big change from the gruelling work of rehearsing and performing operas and classical pieces in some of the world’s biggest concert halls.
Having put so much of their extra-curricular time into making ‘Cat’s Eyes’, the duo decided that they wanted to promote the project with a series of unusual events. The first took place in December, amid some secrecy, at St Peter’s in the Vatican, which they arranged through Rachel’s connections there, from her Verona days. They performed a reworked version of ‘I Knew It Was Over’ during an afternoon mass, which was attended by seven high-ranking cardinals.
‘Broken Glass EP’ released 28th February on Polydor, the debut album ‘Cat’s Eyes’ follows in April.
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