Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

My Cat Is An Alien
When The Windmill's Whirl Dies

Eclipse

LP
£12.99


When The Windmill's Whirl Dies comes in a suitably y moody-looking gatefold sleeve and features one side-long piece with Roberto reading his own poetry (reproduced on the inside sleeve) in a voice that sounds like Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom performing Robert Ashley’s The Wolfman in the spirit of Hammer House of Horror and two shorter pieces on side two. For the most part the music is ultra-minimal, just padding drums and the slow, distant purr of looped electronics. Recordings come from 2003.

My Cat Is An Alien
Folclore Alieno

Opax 018

CD-R
£8.99


New My Cat Is An Alien album rolls back the usual primitive sci-fi glitz in favour of a more earthy, hand woven style with both brothers on acoustic guitar and Roberto doubling on vocals and cymbal. Also includes a solo Roberto track. The use of pregnant space and the way that they balance full-articulated single notes with a melt of muzzy tones sounds a little like Tetuzi Akyiama’s more liminal form but the addition of a metronomic pulse gives it a nice Reichian repeato dynamic. And this time we ain’t taking orgones. Hand-numbered edition of 150 copies in individually painted wraparound card sleeves.

Roberto Opalio
Voice With No Guitar/Guitar With No Voice

Opax TP-01

Cassette
£4.99


“Dedicated to the groundnoise of the fuckin’ great analog cassette”, this solo cassette from My Cat Is An Alien’s Roberto Opalio is the first in a projected series and features a side of distressed solo vocal murk that crosses distraught wordless codes with loops of desiccated tongue and a side of solo guitar that sounds like a sky-full of cathedral organs. Limited hand-numbered edition of 69 copies tied-up in painted art paper with insert.

My Cat Is An Alien
There is a Flame_____Sometimes

Rococo Records RCC-0005

LP
£8.99


The last few MCIAA LPs have seen the Opalio brothers take some giant fuckin leaps, pushing the music well beyond the gravity of the early LPs/CDs and out into an even more personally blasted universe. This beautifully packaged LP comes in a limited hand-numbered edition of 500 copies and documents some of their most minimal and vehement electronic compositions. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the slow pad of drum skins, parts of this could almost pass for a pared-down post-Whitehouse investigation of eviscerated power electronics. A beautiful late-night spin. Recommended.

My Cat Is An Alien
Listen Before Black Falls

Root Strata 11

LP
£11.99


Nicely presented hand-numbered/hand-titled edition of 300 copies from Root Strata documenting an evocative, low-level thousand-yard-stare recorded at the Space Room by the Opalio brothers 2005. Some of their most minimal work to date. Recommended.

My Cat Is An Alien
Different Shades Of Blue

A Silent Place

LP
£13.99


Beautiful vinyl upgrade (re-mastered and re-edited) for what was originally a CD-R on Tom Greenwood's U-Sound imprint and that sees MCIAA at their most LaMonte-fixated. Standard LP comes with a full colour insert and colour postcard while the special edition is limited to 131 copies and comes on blue vinyl with the postcard and a bonus 7” single that features the original finale of the complete work.

My Cat Is An Alien
Different Shades Of Blue

A Silent Place

special edition LP + 7"
£17.99


Beautiful vinyl upgrade (re-mastered and re-edited) for what was originally a CD-R on Tom Greenwood's U-Sound imprint and that sees MCIAA at their most LaMonte-fixated. Standard LP comes with a full colour insert and colour postcard while the special edition is limited to 131 copies and comes on blue vinyl with the postcard and a bonus 7” single that features the original finale of the complete work.

Family Underground/My Cat Is An Alien
Mysterious Invaders/Extraterrestrial Call

Reverse No Cat

LP
£12.99


Limited (only 356 copies) split LP on Christian of Sarah's Charity's private label, with silkscreen printing and transparent vinyl. MCIAA side recorded live in Portugal. Family Underground side is a beautiful spike of heavy Velvets drone.

My Cat Is An Alien
Into The White Vortex

Opax 021A

One-Sided Art Edition LP
£37.99


A private press edition of 110 copies, this is a one-sided LP that features the duo of Maurizio and Roberto Opalio on electric guitars, xylophone, percussion and toys in a live sÇance recorded in 2007 while over on the flip there is a original acrylic painting direct onto the vinyl by Robert Opalio.

My Cat Is An Alien/Steve Roden
Cosmic Debris Series Volume Two

Opax OPXLP-9

Art Edition LP
£69.99


Latest instalment in MCIAA's second run of limited, deluxe art edition LPs features one side from visual/sound artist Steve Roden using E-bowed guitar and field recordings. The flip features Roberto and Maurizio Opalio on zoned hypno-drones joined by Ramona Ponzini on Japanese bells. Numbered edition of 100 copies with original board-mounted painting and Polaroid art by Roberto Opalio.

Praxinoscope
s/t

A Silent Place ASP-08

Pic Disc LP
£12.99


Vinyl/picture disc upgrade for the debut release from a brand new satellite launched from the My Cat Is An Alien mothership. Praxinoscope is the duo of MCIAA's Roberto Opalio on vocals/sounds and Ramona Ponzini (renowned cineaste and Edwige Fenech authority) on "Japanese percussions". Recorded live on July 27th 2005, this is a beautiful recording, with distressed pre-articulate vocals rising in spooks of tone ala Basil Kirchin's autistic tape work or Sun City Girls at their most heavily channelled, while plinks of celestial percussion fall like shards of bloodied glass. Parts of this almost sound like Goblin soundtracking Eraserhead. Originally released on the group's own Opax label in an edition of 125 copies, this run of 500 copies makes this key release a little bit more available.

Roberto Opalio
Whispers Of The Last Light

Opax OPX-020V

DVD-R
£11.99


New short film by Roberto Opalio that casts a warped eye deep into the void of the sky with the lens occasionally obscured by various out-of-phase techniques. Heavy analogue electronic soundtrack from Roberto too. In individually-decorated art paper sleeves with insert, hand-numbered edition of 100.

My Cat Is An Alien/Text Of Light
Cosmic Debris Series Volume One

Opax OPX-LP08

Art Edition LP
£29.99


First instalment in My Cat Is An Alien's second series of deluxe art edition split LPs issued in runs of only 100 copies comes with an original painting on a 12" x 12" wooden board featuring an original Polaroid by Roberto Opalio. Sonics bundle a beautiful spume of fizzing electro-hypnosis from the Opalio brothers with a 'dual mono' live recording (two different recordings of the same gig run through one speaker each) from Text Of Light, featuring the line-up of Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, Ulrich Krieger, DJ Olive and Tim Barnes. Looks to be the best MCIAA series yet, with future volumes including sides from Keiji Haino and Loren Mazzacane's Haunted House. But you better move it.

Painting Petals On Planet Ghost
Oounabara

Opax OPX-024A

Lathe LP + DVD
£49.99


1-sided 12" lathe + DVD-R hand-cut by Peter King in New Zealand and pressed in a hand-numbered edition of only 50 copies, with an original gold-ink drawing by Ramona Ponzini on the flip and a silent short film by Roberto Opalio on the DVD, inspired by the music and art, playable together or separately. "This 15 minutes song is the key-work follow up to their acclaimed debut album on Time-Lag Records. Here Roberto and Maurizio Opalio, aka My Cat Is An Alien, act in the darkness of the outer space, while Ramona Ponzini lights up the autumnal air with her enchanting voice, along with her Japanese percussions and wind chimes; by reitering one only Japanese word (whose meaning is 'Ocean'), she creates a universe of pure magic. Radical minimalism, folk, psychedelia are the main terms that rule this mysterious chant and intimate prayer; but what you'll find here is extremely far from any unuseful relation with what you already know, representing 'Oounabara' a totally still unknown dimension of what the music of today should be: a window on Tomorrow.” – Opax.

Praxinoscope
Epocsonixarp

Opax OPX-023

CD-R
£12.99


\Second album from the duo of My Cat Is An Alien's Roberto Opalio and Ramona Ponzini of Painting Petals On Planet Ghost, special private press edition of only 130 numbered copies, with heavy textured cardboard sleeve, and sticker on cover. "This work is even more lyrical and ecstatic than the debut; here Roberto's use of a mini-keyboard and astral effects collides with Ramona's hypnotic use of several handmade wood percussions and her Japanese wind chimes and bells, creating such an infinite and intimate 'space' so that you cannot but loose yourself inside. A whirlpool of Roberto's whispered wordless vocals will live till the evening dies, and the black of the night will come to surround everything. As the duo asks, 'Play it in the dark'." - Opax.

Black Magic Disco
Black Magic Disco

Important Records Imprec-148

CD
£9.99


"The project was born out of an idea from Tom Greenwood, leader of the avant-folk-blues ensemble Jackie-O Motherfucker, who invited Maurizio and Roberto Opalio, aka the Italian improv duo My Cat Is An Alien (MCIAA), and their close collaborator Ramona Ponzini (also involved with the two brothers in the projects named Painting Petals On Planet Ghost and Praxinoscope, as well as in the new collaboration with Z'ev) to perform with him for two months of touring throughout all Europe in May/ June 2005. As one can imagine, the result was killer. The music which came out of he live performances was totally explosive, combining Ramona's Japanese vocals & hypnotic chimes with Greenwood's psych-blues guitar attitude & wild turntablism over MCIAA's alien cosmic flux of electric guitars, space toys & percussions, creating a still unheard mixture of sounds unifying archaic & post-modern, western & eastern, sky & earth. This debut CD represents a unique chance to experience almost 80 minutes of that pure and magic live action, divided in four long tracks taken from the original live recordings. Black Magic Disco's logo comes from the pencil of Roberto Opalio; the gatefold jacket CD artwork, curated by MCIAA contains some band photos taken during the live performances included in the record." - IR.

Painting Petals On Planet Ghost
Transparent Winter

Blackest Rainbow Recordings No Cat

LP
£9.99


All proceeds from the sale of this release will go to Tom Carter. Read more about the appeal here: http://www.volcanictongue.com/tomcarterappeal


“Transparent Winter follows on from the debut release on the always excellent Time-Lag label and releases on the equally great PSF, Opax and A Silent Place. Painting Petals On Planet Ghost is the trio of Ramona Ponzini with Roberto & Maurizio Opalio (aka My Cat Is An Alien). Here they return for a new full length vinyl release on Blackest Rainbow. PPOPG create some wonderfully fragile and unusual experiments that fall somewhere between folk, psychedelia and drone. Ramono Ponzini sings in Japanese as well as contributing 'furin, metal and wooden japanese wind chimes'. These are combined with Maurizio Opalio on acoustic guitar, and Roberto Opalio on 'mini keyboard, bodhran, alientronics, and wordless vocalizations'. The trio's eclectic setup helps them create some truly luscious and mysterious music that is perfectly fragile, strange, distant and delicate. 'Mars Appears' is a hazy dream piece with layered guitars, strange electronics and Ramono's perfectly delivered Japanese vocals drawing the listener in surrounded by a strange but perfect fitting created by the Opalio brothers musical output. 'The Mountain' is equally as otherworldy as the previous sides track, with swirling strings and out of this world electronics created by Roberto and Maurizio. Whilst Ramona's vocal are almost delivered in a trance like state. A extremely beautiful record with a gorgeous organic feel to it. The record is housed in a sleeve featuring film photographs of flowers. Edition of 250 copies pressed on 140gram virgin vinyl.” – BRR.