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Rachel Zeffira Releases ‘The Deserters’ March 12 through Paper Bag Records

18 January 2013 No Comment

The acclaimed debut of Canadian singer Rachel Zeffira – one half of Cat’s Eyes – to be released in North America on Paper Bag Records.

Rachel Zeffira’s stunning debut album The Deserters has been garnering incredible reviews in the United Kingdom and is now to be granted a North American release via Paper Bag Records on March 12th.  First single ‘Here On In’ is available now on iTunes.  Watch the Yuval Hen-directed video below.

The Deserters grew from Zeffira’s first solo recordings – a wondrous cover of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘To Here Knows When’ and the evocative ‘Waiting For Sylvia’.  The music was greeted enthusiastically by everyone from Pitchfork to NME, and she began to piece together songs for her debut when time allowed.

The most striking sonic component of the record are the orchestrations – a central feature of what elevates Zeffira’s music into the extraordinary. Having drawn great acclaim for her multi-instrumentalism and orchestration on the debut Cat’s Eyes album, the breadth and ambition of what she’s achieved on her solo album are perhaps even more strikingly impressive. Once again, the orchestra was recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road.

Rachel Zeffira’s story is fascinating.  When she was 17, she attempted to travel to London to study music, but was accidentally deported and lost her place. She eventually ended up returning, faking a CV, pretending she was 26 and getting a job as a French supply teacher at a comprehensive school in Dagenham (“Hell on earth,” she recalls succinctly).

Zeffira was driven to move to Verona, Italy where for the first time in her life, she really began to enjoy the fruits of her musical training – playing cathedral organ and oboe and being invited to The Vatican to sing for Pope John Paul II.  She later used her Vatican contacts to arrange for Cat’s Eyes to play their first memorable concert at a Vatican mass.

Watch the video for ‘Here On In’

The Deserters Tracklisting:
The Deserters
Here On In
Letters From Tokyo (Sayonara)
Front Door
Break The Spell
Silver City Days
To Here Knows Where
Waiting For Sylvia
Goodbye Divine

Preorder The Deserters here.

“The Deserters is unequivocally demanding of your attention” – BBC
“…a truly magical affair.” The Guardian (UK)
**** – Financial Times (UK)
**** – The Observer (UK)
**** – Time Out (London)
**** – The Times (UK)
**** – The Fly
**** – MOJO
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