My Cat Is An Alien - "Leave Me in the Black
No-Thing" CD (Important Records)
"MCIAA are always generous with the music's technical
elements on their liners, if only they'd go a little deeper with content
for the head as well. This latest MCIAA release might be a sort of flipside
to their Cosmic Light Of A New Millennium album, also on Important, this
time exploring dark instead of light. If that is the record's aim, then
it falls slightly short as Roberto Opalio's vocals are too beautiful for
the black of nothingness.
The opening crackles of "Part One" seem to bridge the gap between
light and shade, splinters of color lighting up the song's cold background.
A possibly-human / possibly-horn refrain reacts with against analogue
chimes to fill out this soundscape further. Roberto's dilating dual vocals
have slowly become a glorious trademark of the brothers' MCIAA sound,
one of the great wordless vocal styles around.
The music on both of these lengthy pieces works well in expanding to take
in smashed electrics, as well as sections of carefully interwoven analogue
material. The percussion is loose and mostly formless, digital squelches
of rain soaked drum beating peppering the middle ground like close-ups
of exploding raindrops. The sounds here don't exactly come under the category
of the generic dark genre though; they sound lost rather than sinister,
too busy to be representative of a void. Rising and falling within the
wide lens mix are elements that smear into each other like a hurried and
blurred precipitation of colors and emotions. This great smear orbits
itself, its elements too numerous to hold onto before slowing to a silent
The pace of "Part Two" also begins slowly, taking its time to
sink into reality. This strung-out and shaky elongated Jandek-style guitar
descent slides into a thick slow motion fall. This builds into a hovering
murmur of barbed acoustic guitar loops and snatches of vocal moan, a build
that hovers between angelic menace and madness."
(Scott Mckeating, March 2007, Brainwashed)