Hear the Echoes Podcast of our interview with Rachel Zeffira.
Rachel Zeffira is a former operatic soprano who now vocalizes in caressing whispers. She makes an enchanting and haunting dream pop, telling tales of suicide and lost love, placing it all in a chamber music setting. She doesn’t like to reveal the meanings of the songs on her album, CD of the Month The Deserters, but she does, on Echoes.
On her hushed singing style: I’m singing in a completely opposite way to what I did in opera. I couldn’t be doing things more differently and I was quite loud as an opera singer.
On her honesty: It’s so embarrassing telling you all these lies. I mean, you’re, you’re not gonna believe a thing that I tell you after.
One the lie that got her group, Cat’s Eyes, into the Vatican Church: I wrote to the Vatican and I said we were a visiting choir.
Something true about “Letters from Tokyo”: And then they got detectives onto it and eventually they found that the mom had jumped off a cruise ship and died.
Something more true: If I can’t be honest in my music then I’m really screwed, so this album had to be honest.
John Diliberto (((echoes)))
Read a review of Rachel Zeffira’s The Deserters and hear several tracks.
Below, watch Rachel Zeffira’s video for The Deserters.
Rachel Zeffira’s group Cat’s Eyes, at the Vatican:
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