The urge to create wonder with sound is rarely indulged in today’s utilitarian pop landscape. In an age when a piece of music can be erased with the click of a mouse, there are few artists pouring their heart and soul into what Brian Wilson called “teenage symphonies” – lovingly sculpted three-minute slices of aural heaven, which grip the listener’s ears and emotions in equal measure. In that mundane world, Cat’s Eyes really are a godsend.
They 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. In the collision of their two very separate worlds, something magical has come into being, which brings together all kinds of dualities – pop/classical, traditional/avant-garde, acoustic/electronic, virtuoso/novice, male/female, happy/sad and, why not, good/evil – into a unique and mindblowing whole.
Their debut album, called simply ‘Cat’s Eyes’, is 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.
BOBBY GILLESPIE, the frontman of alternative rock band Primal Scream opens this night with a DJ Set bringing songs from all different musical genres for a special set. Gillespie is the mastermind behind the band who brought us the memorable albums such as ‘Vanishing Point’, ‘Riot City Blues’ and the stunning ‘Screamdelica’. Although not releasing an album since ‘Beautiful Future’, Gillespie’s band continue to tour with an amazing choice of 9 studio albums to choose their songs from. Cat’s Eyes have recently supported Primal Scream on tour and Gillespie is a clear fan of Faris Badwan’s new project and is looking forward to getting the crowd warmed up for one of his favourite bands this year.
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