The London-Based New Hollywood Partners
Rachel Zeffira and Faris Badwan, most definitely live up to their name of being bad… ones. This multifaceted duo had quite recently managed to maneuver their way into the Buckingham Palace to perform one of their new songs under the disguise of being a Renaissance ensemble. These musicians are not only phenomenal con artists, but also have mastered orchestral undertones, vintage vocals while also incorporating poppy psychedelic disposition. Their newest album, Treasure House, tells the story of just that.
If Jay-Z hadn’t scored The Great Gatsby in its entirety, Cat’s Eyes would have taken credence. The title track is the perfect entrance into the album with its soft, stringed melodies and its ingrained, deep vocals. What makes this duo so versatile is not only its flip on vocals between Zefffira and Faris, but also its abrupt, yet subtle switch in tone. “Drag” subdues with strings, while the “Chameleon Queen” incorporates horns and psychedelic operatic belts of singing. It is without doubt that Cat’s Eyes would be an incredible live performance. Who doesn’t love a brass section to get the party going?
Having Zeffira’s multi-instrumental background influences the reversible style of new Hollywood hooks, “Be Careful Where You Parked Your Car” uses Zeffira’s sassy demeanor, while incorporating an almost Beastie Boys feel. The following track “Standoff” could be considered a completely opposite style of music with its filtered vocals. If you like Interpol, listen to “Standoff”. The similarities will blow your mind.
The album in full is a roller-coaster of alternating styles of vocals and instrumentals. It doesn’t take a keen eye to notice such obvious variety, but before passing off Cat’s Eye’s obscure sound, take into account the effort and patience that goes into Treasure House. A complaint often embedded in music is the verdict of band’s tracks sounding the same, however, Cat’s Eyes scour the contrary.