Evidence of Absence
The first album by The Cat and Cage, 'Evidence of Absence' features nine electronic instrumentals with occasional voices, ranging from free-form experimentation to more orthodox structures. The tracks constantly evolve, morphing into new and unanticipated areas while maintaining a central thematic core. Sometimes melodious, sometimes dissonant, 'Evidence of Absence' is unpredictable and provocative, beautiful and strange. Highlights include an after-hours conversation between Beethoven, Lewis Carroll, and Ludwig Wittgenstein [Ludovico], incidental music inspired by Beckett's Endgame (Unlit), an imaginary soundtrack to an early Marx Brothers movie [Zeppo's Trombone], and a boisterous gathering of dead infantrymen at the village tavern in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota [Ghost Brigade Reunion]. The album includes pieces that seem to coalesce, fall apart, and then reintegrate [Postcard Bird Pierrot], recombinant jazz stylings [Aphasia], and compositions in a more-or-less traditional verse-chorus-bridge structure [Less Worse, Every Other Day].