Rachel Zeffira and Faris Badwan announce new album – a soundtrack to ‘The Duke of Burgundy’


Together as Cat’s Eyes, Horrors‘ frontman Faris Badwan and former operatic singer Rachel Zeffira will follow up their 2011 debut album with ‘The Duke of Burgundy’, a soundtrack to Peter Strickland’s new movie of the same name, in cinemas 20 February 2015.

Released via RAF and Caroline Records on February 16th, check out the opening credits track below.

Strickland previously employed Broadcast to soundtrack his 2012 standout movie Berberian Sound Studio, and has since Directed Björk’s Biophilia Live documentary.

Of working with the English Director, Faris Badwan says:

“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.”