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The title of cEvin Key's Music for Cats shouldn't be taken literally; most felines would be a bit terrified of the electronic trickery Key and friends employ here. The friends make up what the liner notes call the SubConscious Orchestra, and they are the late D.R. Goettel, Genesis P-Orridge, Ashok Sarkar, John West, Philth, and Mark Spybey. The music these fellows create is a creepy, energetic, and gurgling cacophony of analog and digital confusion. Tracks like "Meteorite," which sparkles and blips as sound effects crisscross between the right and left stereo channels, would cause any cat to twitch and turns its ears 270 degrees to see what the ruckus is about. It's ...
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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
The title of cEvin Key's Music for Cats shouldn't be taken literally; most felines would be a bit terrified of the electronic trickery Key and friends employ here. The friends make up what the liner notes call the SubConscious Orchestra, and they are the late D.R. Goettel, Genesis P-Orridge, Ashok Sarkar, John West, Philth, and Mark Spybey. The music these fellows create is a creepy, energetic, and gurgling cacophony of analog and digital confusion. Tracks like "Meteorite," which sparkles and blips as sound effects crisscross between the right and left stereo channels, would cause any cat to twitch and turns its ears 270 degrees to see what the ruckus is about. It's certainly not about the Goth suspense and political statements of Skinny Puppy, Key, and Goettel's mother band. The songs actually sounds more like Autechre tracks than anything else. "Bird" is delicately pretty as it creates a bubbling mood of tension and paranoia. It wouldn't be out of place on a Boards of Canada album if it wasn't underscored by a repetitive, scary keyboard effect. P-Orridge's vocals on "Inside Jam World," "Have You Ever Felt Like This?," and "Beauty Is the Enemy" are the usual spoken-word strangeness for which he's become known. In these instances, Music for Cats operates more as a collection of mood pieces than anything approaching Skinny Puppy or Download territory. Many songs end up sounding more like fragments than finished pieces. Key leans toward relatively obvious samples, sound effects, and repetition a bit too frequently on the lesser tracks, which also unfortunately clock in longer than necessary. "Herbalist Rule" and "Have You Ever Felt Like This?" are two of the more successful tracks, with the former suggesting twisted drum'n'bass and the latter containing some truly terrifying moments via P-Orridge. Music for Cats is not at the visionary level of Skinny Puppy, and it's not for skinny or fat cats, but it is effortlessly dark, cryptic, and discomforting, and often quite pretty. Ultimately, it suggests that, with better arrangements, cEvin Key is capable of producing slightly more compelling music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/1998
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • UPC: 782388007528
  • Catalog Number: 80075

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 musik for cats (1:31)
  2. 2 Wind on small paws (6:43)
  3. 3 meteorite (10:18)
  4. 4 bird (8:35)
  5. 5 blotter (4:29)
  6. 6 inside jam world (5:55)
  7. 7 Herbalist Rule (4:00)
  8. 8 greenhouse gasses (5:32)
  9. 9 have you ever felt like this? (5:28)
  10. 10 go go boots (5:13)
  11. 11 beauty is the enemy (4:29)
  12. 12 full circle (4:12)
  13. 13 grah statikcat (6:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
cEvin Key Primary Artist, Keyboards
Genesis P-Orridge Vocals, Narrator
John West Flute, Vocals
Ashok Sarkar Flute, Vocals
Technical Credits
John West Contributor
cEvin Key Programming, Producer, Engineer
Philth Contributor
Mark Spybey Contributor
Ashok Sarkar Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Experimental music, as an art, at its best.

    This is truly a landmark in cEvin's career. He has created something totally and completely engaging. From the enchanting ''Musik für Cats'' to the stirring ''Beauty is The Enemy,'' he creates a unique soundscape of imagination and musical genius!

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