RELEASED MARCH 12 ON CD OR LIMITED EDITION DARK RASPBERRY VINYL W/ CD INCLUDED
Rachel Zeffira’s debut solo album 'The Deserters' is both beautiful and beguiling - a gauzy, rapturous tour de force that mines both Zeffira’s classical training as well as the pop sensibilities she displayed as one half of Cat’s Eyes. It might recall at times the baroque pop of John Cale and the hazy experimentation of My Bloody Valentine, but at heart it’s a largely unclassifiable record that stands defiantly alone and apart from its peers.
The album grew from her first solo recordings – a wondrous cover of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘To Here Knows When’ and the evocative ‘Waiting For Sylvia’ – which she sung, played and orchestrated in the summer of 2011. Spurred on by the positive results – the music was greeted enthusiastically by everyone from Pitchfork to NME - she began to piece together songs for 'The Deserters' when time allowed. The process was unusual because the writing often took place in unexpected locations such as local churches.