Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira’s Cat’s Eyes record film soundtrack

Horrors frontman and singer compose the score for ‘The Duke Of Burgundy’

Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira’s Cat’s Eyes record film soundtrack

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The Horrors' frontman Faris Badwan and singer Rachel Zeffira have revealed the second album by their duo Cat’s Eyes will be the soundtrack of ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ film director Peter Strickland’s new movie The Duke Of Burgundy.

It follows the pair’s self-titled 2011 debut, but it won’t feature any vocals by Badwan. He told Exclaim: “The film is about a world without men, so I wasn’t allowed to do any singing.” The film stars Sidse Babett Knudsen, best known for playing Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg in political drama Borgen, shown on BBC Four. Knudsen plays a butterfly expert who tests the limits of the relationship with her lover. The film is due out at the end of 2014.

As well as sessions at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio near Bath, the soundtrack was recorded at Badwan and Zeffira’s home studio in London. “Rachel was collecting percussion instruments,” said Badwan. “They really started to fill up the house.” It’s the first time either of the couple have worked on a film soundtrack. Describing the music’s mood, Badwan said: “A lot of times, it’s more about creating an ambiguous sound. I think that’s what makes an atmosphere, when you’re not really sure what a sound is sometimes.”

The soundtrack was recorded in between sessions for The Horrors’ new album, ‘Luminous’. The album was released this week (May 5), with the band playing an in-store session at HMV’s flagship branch at London 363 Oxford Street tomorrow (May 8) at 6pm.

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