My Bloody Valentine. Acoustic. It’s hard to hold those two concepts in your brain at the same time; the shoegaze pioneers’ 1991 opus, Loveless, is so fuzzy with distorted guitars that it’s hard to even hear lyrics. Yet, somehow, Cat’s Eyes, the side project of The Horrors’ Faris Badwan and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira, have combined the two for an art performance tonight in London.
If you are just a fan of the distorted guitar portion of My Bloody Valentine’s “To Here Knows When,” you may not get much out of this. But if you are a fan of the confused, swirling sound of MBV, Cat’s Eyes have got you covered. The droning guitars have been replaced by serene sounding piano, cello, and flute. Zeffira, who recorded all the instruments herself, sings as though in a cave of reverb, and thanks to the mixing, a kind of acoustic shoegaze sound is achieved (pianists and cellists already fit the posture, but it may be harder to imagine a shoegaze flutist). This version of the song highlights the fact that MBV’s songs, as distorted and loud as they were, could really function as dressed up lullabies. By the end of the song you’ll be hoping to hear a whole album of acoustic MBV songs.
Cat’s Eyes will be playing this song live, with songs from their self-titled album, while videos and light shows play on a curtain of silicon rods at London’s Roundhouse. The art installation is the project of Israeli artist Ron Arad, and if you are in London tonight at 6 PM you might want to go check out this trippy sounding exhibit. Listen to the cover below. (via Pitchfork)
Cat’s Eyes – To Here Knows When (My Bloody Valentine cover)
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