Cat's Eyes - Treasure House
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Given their flair for moody, artfully composed pop, it's no surprise that Cat's Eyes detoured into score work between Treasure House and their self-titled debut. Their music for Peter Strickland's eerily erotic The Duke of Burgundy was rightfully acclaimed, so much so that it may have put Rachel Zeffiraand Faris Badwan on the map more than Cat's Eyes did. The Duke of Burgundy's influence lingers on Treasure House's beautiful production and arrangements, which use their classical leanings in more traditional and more experimental ways with equal flair. Resplendent with strings, harp, and reeds, the album's title track has a cinematic magic that feels like a bridge between the score and the rest of this album, while "Girl in the Room" is a reverie worthy of John Barry and "Teardrops" channels the eerie calm of '60s and '70s orchestral pop. Elsewhere, the layers of layers of caressing vocal harmonies, distortion, and trumpet on "Names on the Mountains" add a surreal quality to the song's meditations on loss and remembrance; this song and the quietly spellbinding "Everything Moves Towards the Sun" suggest that Cat's Eyes may just be the true heirs to Broadcast's legacy.