Taking time out from Cat's Eyes, Rachel Zeffira is an artist who clearly
deserves consideration in her own right. Her solo debut 'The Deserter' is
an exotic confection touched by the spirit of the sixties and proves to be
a testament to her innate musicality. These ten songs are both moody and
imaginative in equal measure. The melodies dreamy; the arrangements lush and
Ms Zeffira's voice an alchemically rich salve, as smooth as silk. It truly is a
captivating instrument. Away from her home base she seems comfortable and
in command. The entire project has an impressively solid sonic coherence.
Top tracks include : 'Here On In', channeling the gentler side of Blondie;
the melancholy but magical 'Letters From Tokyo (Sayonara)' with it's limpid
piano lines, lithe string arpeggios and haunting ondes martenot; the simple
but affecting 'Front Door', a sublimely romantic confection and the gorgeous
final track 'Goodbye Divine', whose organ and percussion decorations form
a perfect frame for Ms Zeffira's vocal incantations. Mournfully memorable.
At the tail end of the year it will be hard to find a finer offering.