My Cat is an Alien & Enore Zaffiri
Through the magnifying glass of tomorrow

[Atavistic, www.atavistic.com]

Dozens of releases after their debut over a decade ago, Italian space outfit My Cat is an Alien continue their journey on their latest effort "Through the magnifying glass of tomorrow". For this release, they've invited Italian music concrete artist Enore Zaffiri. Opalio brothers - Maurizio and Roberto - continue their quest to explore every single nook and cranny of the omniverse. Two lengthy improvisations on the disc feature their usual instrumentation - everything from electric alien guitar, glockenspiel, Tibetan bell, space toys, toy piano, bodhran, percussion through alientronics. Mood is rather more laid-back than the last few releases I've heard from them. Very little commotion or outright noise is heard. Rather, in inviting Zaffiri to play along on his reel to reel tapes, result is somewhat akin to a dark, ominous cave that rattles with endless echoes, unforeseen noises and strange vocal calls. In fact, I can't ever recall being so lulled by the band since their very inception. Everything seems to be played with such attention to the most minute detail. Sounds are so subdued that in certain sections, one can nearly hear a pin-drop hit the floor. Not only is the music crucial to the band on the album, the visual aspect is also highlighted on the DVD that is included in the set. Featuring exhilarating gorgeous film from Robert Opalio "Light_Earth_Blue_Silver" along with Enore Zaffiri's video painting "Trasparenze", the video instalment is very sweet icing on an already very robust cake. Bravo!

Tom Sekowski


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