The Stella Link began production on its debut disc, Mystic Jaguar ... Attack!
, in February 2003. The quartet continued to gig regularly, previewing the intricate instrumental passages and multilayered countermelodies that would make up the eagerly anticipated effort. After a July 2003 concert at the Replay Lounge, marked by shimmering guitars and spell-smashing drum blasts, the group assured fans that its record would appear in local stores by September. A year after that show, the album was still missing in action, and its production process had grown as abnormal as an 18-month pregnancy. But on July 17, 2004, The Stella Link gave birth to a beautiful baby. Mystic Jaguar
feels so meticulously crafted, so compellingly complex, it's a wonder it didn't take longer to create.