TwistyCat is a Brooklyn Duo of ex Talibam! member Ed Bear, on baritone sax, and Lea Bertucci, on bass clarinet. "Megaflora/Megafauna" is a self released double disc venture with one disc made up of acoustic improvisations and one electric. Both discs explore the same ideas of space, time, and timbre while bonding on the low notes of each instrument. Recorded in the abandoned Widow Jane Cement Mine in Rosendale, NY in the summer of 2008 "Megaflora/Megafauna" has the feel of this space in which it was recorded. Many horn players, including myself, have been easily caught up with the exploration of the acoustics of abandoned spaces. The low notes ride the walls of the enclosement and come together through the echo to make one complete sound. Bear and Bertucci leave plenty of space, more so on the acoustic disc than the electric, as to let you hear each sound run its course. The two switch between quick low bursts and long sustained rumbles. Disc two is a lot more focused on the amplified rumbles than on echoey space and make a bit more of an interesting listen.
The idea of playing in weird spaces has been done a millions time over and these recordings don't add anything to it. As much as I love these two instruments I found myself bored half way through the listen, or maybe it’s because for some reason I just can't take a band called TwistyCat seriously. 4/10 -- Jon Lorenz (8 July, 2009)