A comfortable arrangement

A comfortable arrangement

The Portuguese word saudade is a profound form of longing for something absent. Rachel Zeffira, one half of the duo Cat’s Eyes (the other being Faris Badwan of The Horrors), describes it as a two-directional pull that keeps her home country Canada vibrantly alive in her mind. Saudade transforms British clouds into snowcapped mountains and strangers on the street into long lost friends. “It’s like being haunted,” she says when we meet to talk about their new album Treasure House. “It’s a reminder... a ghost in my mind.”

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Welcome to the Wilderness

Taiga, the Russian name for the snowforest, is the title of Zola Jesus’ ambitious new album, where humanity’s relationship with the natural world is carefully and cleverly translated into her most accessible compilation of dark pop to date. I spoke to Nika Roza Danilova, the woman behind the epic name, about the power of nature and liberating her voice from the abstracting confines of reverb.

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