V/A: More Than Nine Lives 2xCD Industry8
I have to commend this new label for throwing their worth in to the more charitable side of our scene. ‘MTNL’ is a two CD compilation packed in an A5 double sleeve and a benefit release devoted to PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society); a more than worthy institution, I should hope you agree. I am an avid fan of our feline chums, so I cannot recommend the gesture enough.
Disc 1, tentatively titled ‘Attack Cat’, opens up with the more Darkwave musical leanings from Mueran Humanos and Bestial Mouth, leading onto the surprising ‘Red-Eyed Puffback’ by Synapscape; given I am an avid listener of this duo, the more 80’s electronic approach on offer, is a welcome, dramatic shift from their previous works. The variation in styles throughout this release is more than evident, as Nadja also provide one of my more favourite numbers from this side of the album, with ethereal guitar work and sublime vocal harmonies, riding a shoegazing wave of bliss.
Access to Arasaka leads us into Disc 2: ‘Nap Cat’. Once again displaying a superb ear for complex, precise electronics centralised around giving every element its individual space, ‘Freeside’ is a wonderfully atmospheric song that transcends IDM and such like. Other tracks of note come from ‘Worms of the Earth’ with his analogue-aware soundtrack elements, the complex Industrial of Zero Degree and the haunting Black Tape for a Blue Girl.
There are a million and one genres floating throughout this double disc affair and in all honesty, the tracks I have chosen probably say more about the music I listen to and enjoy, rather than me slating them by their omission from this review. Yes a couple of songs on here are truly awful, but credit has to be given for the artists involved in this release and their love for our four legged furry friends; this is a worthy cause to dig deep into your pockets for and at least will introduce many to music they may not entertain on a day by day basis.
Scoring for this is a hard one, as I give a ten out of ten for the concept and love behind the gesture all in its own right, although have to take into account a couple of artists I simply could not stomach personally. Support PAWS and purchase this for your collection; please.