Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cat's Eyes- S/T (2011) Rough Trade Limited Edition (Bonus Disc) MP3 & FLAC

"Don't go looking where you shouldn't look, 'cause you won't like what you find."

Who could have predicted that the all-too-brief late-sixties pairing of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood would continue, more than 40 years later, to exert the influence that it does?  Essentially, it's a simple aesthetic built around a contrast of sexual opposites: a world-weary and/or wrecked male vocal married to a coy, girlish, Lolita-esque female vocal, which is more or less a variation on the old "beauty and the beast" theme. The best of the various contemporary (re)incarnations of this sound is the ongoing collaboration between Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell. However, while Lanegan and Campbell play this sound pretty much straight up, Cat's Eyes, a collaboration between Faris Badwan of The Horrors and Canadian opera soprano Rachel Zeffira, use it as a point of departure, crafting a sound that is both convincingly retro but absolutely contemporary in its manipulations of texture and space. What is most striking about Cat's Eyes' eponymous debut is its ability to import sixties-era Motown and mainstream pop influences into a darker, gauzy, Goth-tinged context. For example, the opening title track fades in with a thin claustrophobic electronic-based drone before erupting into what sounds like The Birthday Party doing a mid-sixties Nuggets revival, but what really elevates things are Zeffira's vocal contributions, which lend the song some eye-winking humor while remaining creepily distant. "Not a Friend," possibly the album's best track, is a gorgeous fifties pop knockoff that features Zeffira taking the role of chanteuse but the lyrics render the sugar-coated setting both ironic and paranoiac. While not the first indie artists of late to mine these influences, Cat's Eyes manage to recontextualize and occasionally transform their Nancy & Lee fetish, and in the process make it all sound exceedingly dark and new.

Cat's Eyes (Rough Trade Limited Bonus Disc Edition)

 1. Cat's Eyes  (2:38)
 2. The Best Person I Know  (3:10)
 3. I'm Not Stupid  (2:37)
 4. Face in the Crowd  (2:49)
 5. Not a Friend  (2:10)
 6. Bandit  (3:03)
 7. Sooner or Later  (3:59)
 8. The Lull  (2:39)
 9. Over You  (2:31)
10. I Knew It Was Over  (2:14)

Bonus Disc: Demos
1. The Best Person I Know  (1:50)
2. FY  (2:06)
3. Snow Drift  (4:02)
4. In Ecstasy  (3:50)
5. Not a Friend Lifespan  (2:40)


  1. Wow, no comments for this? this is surprisingly great,.. The Horrors were a band i initially hated, i wrongly suspected them to be all surface and no feeling. When they burst onto the scene drenched in NME-jism, they appeared to be more about their cool appearance than the music, their debut was good but the second album was incredible though (even if they stole Kevin Shields wozzy guitar sound).

  2. Whoops didnt realise it was a new post, no comments yet actually makes sense (philipp linked me from SC so i assumed it was older). lol

  3. just received this in the post yesterday. i'm into it :)

  4. thestarry, good to hear from you. I had the same experience with The Horrors, but their last album won me over. Evidently, there's a new album in the works soon. However, I have to say that this side project is better than anything The Horrors have done so far

  5. shift_4ward, yes, this album has been dominating my ipod experiences lately

  6. I detest Horrors but based in your taste Voix, I'll give it a chance and be back.

  7. ranxerox, you'll find that Cat's Eyes are quite different than Badwan's other band. Just forget The Horrors connection when you're listening. What really makes this special is Zeffira anyway

  8. Sometimes prejudice is stronger than real music, hate to say that.

  9. ranxerox, it's true. I have my own examples as everyone does. They (Horrors) were incredibly over-hyped a few years back (which turned me off for quite awhile), so your revulsion is perfectly understandable. Good to hear from you :)

    1. please re-upload only the: "Bonus Disc: Demos" in MP3 please Please Please :(

  10. I heard only one song and put it in my bookmarks to check the whole album and forgot about it...

    So thanks a lot. I'm looking forward to hear it all.

  11. Lon, you're welcome. This is definitely one of my recent favorites

  12. Replies
    1. Re upload Please!!!!!! PLEASEE

  13. Please Re upload the Bonus Disc: Demos pleaseee !! :) :)

  14. Anonymous, I've reposted both in FLAC on another blog:


    (La) luna is my old blog and no longer active. I have started a new version here:


    If you don't know how to convert FLAC to MP3, email me at:


    I will send you a link for MP3 vo

    Cheers (and do check out my new blog, Meta (~) Luna

  15. Thank's you very much!! THANK'S :DDDDD

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