The Horrors’ Faris Badwan working on ‘very different’ new Cat’s Eyes album

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New album sounds like 'epic, piano-based choral music, faintly resembling The Beatles' 'Hey Jude''

The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan has confirmed that he’s working on a new Cat’s Eyes album, his collaboration with former classical singer Rachel Zeffira.

Cat’s Eyes released their self-titled debut in 2011, more recently soundtracking British independent film The Duke of Burgundy last year.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Badwan coyly described the record as “very different” to their first.

“We used so many instruments on the first one that it wouldn’t be possible to completely move,” the singer revealed at the pair’s studio in Camden, north London, which features a wide arrange of antique instruments, including an ornate harmonium.

“It’s very different,” he added. “I think we just moved on [from the first album]”.

The Horrors frontman continues to state that the duo’s recent soundtrack work exhausted their signature lullaby-like sound: “It was the final straw for [Zeffira]. No more singing softly… It hasn’t turned into some weird opera thing, but we definitely found a good place for [her classically-trained voice]”.

Badwan also previewed a snippet of new material, which NME’s Jazz Monroe describes as: “epic, piano-based choral music, faintly resembling The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ being sung by castrato choirboys who’ve just been told Jesus is in attendance”.

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Badwan’s full-time band The Horrors meanwhile are working on new music with producer Paul Epworth and could release a new album as soon as this year.

The band released fourth album ‘Luminous’ in 2014 but, in a new interview with Clash, Rhys Webb of the band confirmed that they have already begun work on new music and are recording with Epworth (Adele, Florence + The Machine).

“We’re actually working on a new album at the moment. So we’re not really having any downtime,” Webb said. “We’re writing and recording. Hoping to release a new record this year.”

The bass player added: “We wanted to get back in there and get writing. We had a really busy year of touring, so we were ready to get working on new stuff. It’s just because time flies, and it moves so quickly and before you know it, it will be a couple of years between releases.”
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