Album Review

Stop Touching My Cat [coll] – [Enormous Corpse Records]

Thurston Hunger   6/30/2018   A Library, CD

Kinda feels like a point in time when a Flying Saucer Attack
might have bursted through a bank of cLOUDDEAD? And turns
out the timing might fit. Here’s a collection of UK artists
united by their takes, breaks and mixmilk shakes on fellow
countryman SJ Esau’s 2005 “Wrong-Faced Cat Feed Collapse.”
This collection came out around the same time apparently.
Well, not all of the cat-cuts were by Brits, as Why (Yoni Wolf)
adds some great processing here, check “Note” (Likely tied to
Anticon in 2007 reissuing the original album.). Despite the
various artists, there is a consistent vibe to the album,
part of it is using SJ Esau’s (aka Sam Wisternoff’s) vox along
with some fairly floatational approaches, often laden with
laptop digi-tricks; see Why’s surging startling on “Note”, and
then the Countryside Alliances knob gliding and chopped up
beats. Rarg follows that with some Anglo-angel twinned femme
singing in front of thumpy drums, spy piano and lots of
chip-chop production. An excellent use of 7:20 of your life.
Track 13 feels like a whole lotta polyglot Scanner meets Konet
in math class. Es Verdad! “Impossible Sums” gets a secret revival
of sorts on an umarked track #15.
Esau/Wisternoff still works ears these days, but here’s a
recent sweet stab of his at the eyes https://vimeo.com/216411212
-Thurston Hunger
Beware track 14 ends @ 4:24, then 8 minutes of silence
track 15 then appears to be an alternate take on #13

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