Boomkat Product Review:
This double-album is the outcome of a six-month period of "physical and psychic isolation" out in the Western Alps, during which time the Opalio Brothers immersed themselves in the music of Scelsi, Satie and Asakawa and the writings of Strindberg and Lautremont. The resultant deluge of music finds the Italian duo utilising a host of electronic devices, electric and acoustic guitars plus an "ancient zither", pouring out an exhaustive five-part session that captures My Cat Is An Alien in more sedate and considered form. The first piece might rank among this duo's most uncluttered and most beautiful work to date, spinning distinct strands of hovering guitars and electrified drone harmonies, swathed in crackle. The tendencies towards dissonance and disorganisation are abandoned for this piece, and the duo seem keen to persevere on such strong form for the twenty-five minute follow-up. 'Photoelectric Season 2' is split into different passages, starting out with arpeggiating string plucks and ring-modulated synth sustains only to later encompass a chorused vocal drone and thinned-out organ chords. A flicker of tremolo electronics, 'Photoelectric Season 4' represents the shortest and most focused piece here, nicely cueing the fifth and final part of the album, whose guitar and zither improvisations thread together in the most melodic and mutually complimentary fashion. Recommended.