On their classy soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s film The Duke of Burgundy, Cat’s Eyes have sidelined the revved-up psych-pop that characterised their 2011 debut. Orchestral textures, such as the eerie woodwind motifs of Moth and austere strings of Lamplight, conjure the darkly sexual charge of the film. As with Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, memorably soundtracked by Broadcast, The Duke of Burgundy taps into a forgotten world of 1960s and 70s children’s television themes and educational programmes.
So, what Cat’s Eyes have done with The Duke Of Burgundy OST is create the absolute perfect soundtrack for this kind of historical epic. It proves to be a perfect match for the scenes where the Duke trots out into battle on horseback, camera swooping over the green and pleasant lands like a giddy swallow and when the predictable, yet heartwarming romance blossoms between the servant girl and his Most Nobleness deep in the keep. Wait.