A duo comprised of Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira, Cat’s Eyes made a deep impression with their 2011 debut album.
On hiatus since then, the project is set to emerge once more. Cat’s Eyes have agreed to provide the soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s new film ‘The Duke Of Burgundy’, utilising an album’s worth of new material.
The soundtrack will be released on February 16th, with ‘The Duke Of Burgundy’ gaining a general release on February 20th. Here’s Faris to explain more:
"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. Once they had started filming, the director began sending us references. In some cases the scenes were filmed to temp music and the director wanted us to create the same atmosphere with our pieces.
In one of the major scenes the director had been using the Mozart Requiem as temp music and everyone involved had become attached to it. He decided towards the end of the process that he wanted us to replace it, and Rachel ended up writing and arranging a full choral requiem the evening before the deadline.
We were writing for the director 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."
Check out a snippet of new material below, before finding the full trailer for the film.
Photo Credit: Rory Van Milligen