** by Tom Sekowski / from GAZ-ETA (PL)
[..] Noisier than most of their releases, "Greetings
from the Great Void" features only five tracks, two of which come
close to the 25 minute mark. On the opening "Here on the Sad Planet",
both brothers employ their guitars [electric alien and electric astral
variety] to come up with a dense wall of noise, while "No Human Can
See" features an exuberant amount of mini-xylophone and a ton of
space toys that create a nice, fuzzy space effect. The album's closer
"Goodbye Earth" is gentle tinkling of bells supplanted by some
asteroid effects. Perhaps the greatest piece on the record is the longish
"Leave me in Space". Through its 24 minute duration, we're treated
to a real space journey that features a generous amount of clicking bells,
crazed, hyper-active percussion [which leads the way in a rhythmic pattern
much of the way] and a generous portion of total and complete chaos. Could
this be My Cat is an Alien record by which all other MCIAA releases will
** by Roger Batty / Musique Machine (UK)
"Greetings From The Great Void finds us once more drifting and invesgating strange star systems via the Opalio brothers intergalactic rich droning come (off) world music. From the openers cascading star tunnel tones right untill the last moments of the exit tracks melancholy ritual space float, your utterly transfixed and lost in the sounds here .
The album seems almost deeper and more meditative than there other albums . It's like looking a endless star corridor or a slowly swirling black hole, that just seems to stretch on further than the eye can see. Other parts seem to conjure up visions of a visit to a strange blue and purple planet, it's a expanse of blue sand deserts and water logged jungles, plant live slow untangling and tangling it's self. The planet is inhabited by a deeply religious people who live in strange black wood huts above the watery jungle floor. The slowly turning sad early Tangerine Dream drones of Here on a sad planet, seem to indicate an escape from a dieing planet, as it spins off towards a huge sun. Next The title track mixes slowly unfolding medative air, licked by the sound of water and strange alien hovering chants which almost seem to be calling to you, as your craft touches down into the canopy of the jungle. As the track develops it becomes denser, as if your been led from your craft out into a tapestry of different shaped and coloured faces, strange birds chatter and hover above you. Near half way point the sound becomes less opening - you feeling like your been led into a vast hall, as slowly ominous percussion unfolds and sinister folds of guitar and space instruments echo. Soon the percussion and other elements become more hectic and almost frantic as the halls walls are twitching and sucking in and out. As the track exits your led back out of the hall into the calmer world of the jungle. And that's just the first tow tracks ?!.
The rest of the album is made up of another tow shorter tracks at 5 minutes a piece, and another large painted sound canvas of near on 25 minutes which is a return to less grounded terrority and more endless space floating as spacey gitar tone unfolding on for every. I wont say anymore, as it'll ruin your own personal jouney into the stars. But trust me if you enjoy drone, ambient or rich sound world recordings, you to need to buy this now. Yet another perfect star lined trip. To buy direct and find more about the band drift into this star system."