IoS album review: Rachel Zeffira, The Deserters (Ref records)


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Canadian opera soprano Zeffira came to attention through her Cat’s Eyes collaboration with The Horrors’ Faris Badwan.

The Deserters is her first solo album, and it is a lush thing that, were we writing for a certain type of women’s mag, might have us reaching for words such as “candles” and “bubble bath”. Which would be to ignore a subtly sinister underbelly and Zeffira’s obsessive nature in matters of the heart. Not feeling quite so relaxed now.