ROBERTO OPALIO
The Last Night of the Angel of Glass, Vol. I & II

[A Silent Place, www.asilentplace.it]

Recorded as usual with no overdubs, no outtakes, one half of My Cat is an Alien, Roberto Opalio plays electric astral guitar, space toys, alientronics and shares in a fair amount of his vocals. Volume I of this 2 CD set was already issued by Foxglove as a limited edition CD-R/DVD-R. The release was meant as a soundtrack to Opalio's film. Disc one is made up of 46 minute long slab of audio material that features large doses of Opalio's vocals. These are processed and covered up to make them sound like one of the instruments he's playing. His ever present astral guitar makes meandering segways through the piece and comes flying in and out of audible range. Midway through the piece, Opalio's voice sounds like a huge choral section reciting a mantra. The sameness of this part deserves an honourable mention as these voices make me think of aliens screaming. With gentle tickling on the toy piano, the last fifteen minutes of the piece are nothing but anti-climactic. Not surprising, this is another very coherent piece from this Italian space traveler.
A gently ticking keyboard begins Vol. II. Opalio starts to annunciate some incoherent phrases and sections of words that don't amount to very much. Only about ten minutes into the piece, just as Opalio's voice starts to resemble a tortured cat, does the piece pick up in intensity. A wad of electronic toys and that lovely astral guitar make for a gurgling noise that continues to caress the ears for a few minutes. The tempo and pitch grow proportionately and the music falls into the far-out space category for about ten minutes or so. As if to announce, "ladies and gentlemen, we've just successfully cleared the asteroid field", music calms down and Opalio reverts back to his choral section. I swear there are moments when he starts to resemble the vocal machinations of an earlier Robert Wyatt. Guitar starts to be reminiscent of falling space junk and the space toys sound like seagulls. All is well in the universe once again. Soothing and entirely exciting, this is the sort of music I'd like to tag along for my first journey in space.

- Tom Sekowski


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