** by Scott Mckeating, March 2007, BRAINWASHED (USA)
"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.
"Concurrently released with a solo record by Roberto
Opalio, Important also releases another emanation from the "Alien
Zone" in Italy that Roberto and his brother Maurizio prowl as My
Cat is an Alien. Where Roberto's disc is a hushed affair, MCIAA unleash
the full force of their cosmic noise. After a salutation that's equal
parts chanting and white shriek they retreat to their percussion instruments
with all the glee of a spastic (i.e., rhythmically-challenged) kindergarten
class recital. The disjunctive banging grows tedious but is thankfully
replaced by a frequency-shifting chant/drone generated by voice and "space
toys" that finally lifts off the roof and peers into the cosmos.
The second half of the 30-minute track plunges headlong into the void
with a shuddering abandon that most interstellar overdrives would never
attempt. The second, slightly shorter, part builds around clusters of
electric guitar notes that are strummed, looped and eventually obliterated
by debris and space winds. The duo sticks to their "no overdub, no
outtake" method of live in-studio improvisation, but with a methodology
and tools that are recycled the experimentation begins to go to formula.
There is purity in their primitive/futurist aesthetic that yields transcendent
moments, moments that make it worth waiting out the tedium."
** by Roger Batty / Musique Machine (UK)
"Leave me in the Black No-thing finds the brothers Opalio in a much colder, lightless and bleak mood than there normal intergalactic trips into sound. This feels like a trip inside a black void deep in spaces changing seas, or a trip into inner space, trawling and drifting though the darken shore of ones self.
As well as the tone been greyer and almost monochrome for
much of the playing time, they add in more subdued noise like elements-
muffled and strained static and dark
A very rewarding and different take on My Cat is An Alien sound, An album that offers up new depths and detail of the every turn void with each replay. Really another masterpiece."