MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "When The Windmill's Whirl Dies" LP (Eclipse)
Further cosmological explorations
Do these boys ever sleep ?!!? Probably not, would be my
guess, judging by how prolific they continue to be. And you might think
that, as prolific as they are, the quality of their output might be suspect
occasionally, but there's been no evidence of that yet.
THUJA/ MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "From the earth to the Spheres, Vol.2" split ART-LP (Opax Records)/ CD (Very Friendly/Cargo UK)
Further adventures in extraterrestrial insanity
What a series this is turning out to be ! The next installment
has turned out to be even better and more riveting than the first one.
This outing sees My Cat Is An Alien's band of brothers, Roberto and Maurizio
Opalio, splitting duties with Bay Area Jewelled Antler outlaws, Thuja,
who are Rob Roger, Loren Chasse and Glenn Donaldson, and it's their fractured
folk and experiments in sound that occupy the first half of this release.
Guitars are scraped, plucked and tapped, while some strange, droney sounds
hover in the background. MCIAA occupy very similar sonic territory, and
begin their latest space adventure with some strafing feedback before
things settle into some tasty guitar extrapolations with a steady hum
accompanying their considered interplay, which builds to a healthy squall
before subsiding and trailing off into
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Il Segno" LP (Starlight Furniture Co.)
"The Sign" is an abstract, atonal slab of improvisation
from the Italian brothers, Roberto & Maurizio Opalio, stretched over
2 sides of this limited edition (300) piece of vinyl. Side 1 runs close
to 16 mins. & consists of detuned guitar drone with Roberto talking
us through his lyrics of nihilistic desolation depicting "mirrors
with no reflection". If this is about their hometown of Turin, you
may want to consider vacationing elsewhere ! Side 2, at just over 14 mins.,continues
where side 1 left off, but is all instrumental and less acerbic and desperate
than side 1, which makes it easier to listen to but not as compelling.
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "The Rest Is Silence" 2xLP (Eclipse Records) Spacey soundscapes
The Opalio brothers, Roberto and Maurizio, have resurfaced
from their Turin sound laboratory to bring us this sprawling 4-sided epic
of restrained sound explorations. Whereas previous releases have featured
their powerful improvisatory skills and spoken-word vocals, this album
seems to be much more deliberate and planned without losing any of the
spontaneous feel. The brothers' guitars are prominently featured, both
acoustic and electric, as they lead us on 4 lengthy workouts, adding space
toys and key-boards and their haunting vocals along the way. It's all
very elemental (the track themes are air, water, earth, fire), with trk.
2 having an almost bluesy feel to the guitar as a it lopes alongside a
constant drone, keyboard and single guitar notes.
THURSTON MOORE/MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "From The Earth To The Spheres, Vol. 1" LP (Opax)