Music video for the song “Farewell”
a little mix mash, a hodgepodge, of different live clips. A few show were done with string orchestra, but most of them were solo concerts. The clips are from Denmark, Norway, England, Germany and Poland.
Fifty minutes of new music composed and recorded over twelve month period.It’s been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever. Or at least the happiest I’ve ever been making a record. This might seem a bit contradictory, since the theme of the album circles around obituaries and last words before death. The titles are quotes and fragments from different farewell utterances. Things that people (apparently) said when they were about to die. There is a mysterious aim over the final words of the dying. What does these last words reveal about life, death and consciousness? These words give a glimpse into the individual’s overall feelings and experiences.
When people are about to say their final words we put everything aside and listen. Norwegian composer KAADA has translated this moment into music.
“The title of each song on Closing Statements is either a quote or fragment from things that people, both famous and infamous, uttered when they were about to die. A somber theme to be sure, but KAADA gives it a life-affirming twist. Rather than wallow in pathos, his organic arrangements unfold and rotate origami-like to reveal angst, irony, and even humor in the face of life’s absurdities. Given the subject matter, it is a delicate balance to maintain, but he walks the tightrope with aplomb.” Stationary Travels
The song titles on John Erik Kaada’s latest album «Closing Statements», out May 25th, are inspired by historical peoples’ last words. Or, presumed last words – the Norwegian composer and musician suspects that most so-called famous last words are polished slightly to ensure a more memorable exit. «What’s remembered as someone’s final words aren’t necessarily the very last ones. They might have been uttered on the deathbed, but they’ve probably been followed by other, less memorable phrases,» says Kaada.
Whether «It Must Have Been the Coffee», «Farewell» or any of the other titles on Kaada’s sixth solo outing are true or not, isn’t of great importance to the artist. He is more concerned about the awareness that these words represent. Contrasting our modern everyday life littered with background noise and digital distractions, we tend to pause when people enter their last living moments. We listen, and ascribe what we hear value – whatever’s being said. «I don’t think I’ll have more important things to say when I’m on my deathbed than I have generally in life. This applies to most people, I guess. Final words aren’t any wiser or cleverer than anything you’d normally say. But it’s the fact that you’re not going to say anything else ever again that makes this moment so special. You have the audience’s full attention.»
«Closing Statements» is about this noise, says Kaada – about who we are as fellow human beings in a world that’s becoming increasingly narcissistic and self-absorbed. The album’s 50 minutes of music, released on Mirakel Recordings, is his attempt to create a breathing space, to trigger awareness. With peoples’ last words as a conceptual peg, Kaada hopes that the listener will reflect on what really means something in life. «I miss the days where you could focus on one thing. Now that I’m releasing a new album I must admit that I’ve been worried about whether people will take the time out to listen to what I have to say. Herein lies the parallel to peoples’ last words – that moment when everything means something.»
“A record of rarefied beauty…” Electronic Sound
“With a keenly cinematic flair, everything about Kaada’s work feels carefully considered…Positively full of life and with a tremendous quiet joy, everything about Kaada’s Closing Statements stuns with its surrealist bent.” Beach Slot
“Works such as Closingstatements’ remind us that music and emotion are forever, inescapably intertwined and this album stands at the pinnacle of an already great career” Sonic Abuse
“Exceptional compositions that are best listened to in a quiet place with headphones on” – single, Mxdwn
“The songs are enhanced by strings and occasional electronics, but remain intimate throughout, like a small family at a bedside” A Closer Listen
“An utterly sublime album” – Cast The Dice
“The new record from the Norwegian composer Kaada is a beautiful thing, immense in scope yet startlingly intimate.” Popdose
“A shimmering opus painstakingly crafted to soothe the collective woes of humanity.” Mxdwn
“The album is deft at showcasing Kaada’s ability to seamlessly blend electronic and orchestral elements, leaving one to try to fit the various sonic puzzle pieces together in their head” – Smells Like Infinite Sadness
“The new album by Norwegian composer John Erik Kaada , who records under his surname, is a thing of almost heart-breaking delicacy” – The Tempo House
“Closing Statements is kaleidoscopic in nature as he skillfully maneuvers piano, keyboards, guitars, strings & electronics in a constant shift & rotation of lenses which reflect so many aspects of the human condition in the face of mortality” – Stationary Travels
“A modern symphony journey that brings a golden delight to the ears” Naturalsounds
“composing great music isn’t about giving the listener what’s never been heard, but giving them a reason to stop what they’re doing, and hear for the first time how truly inspiring music can be when we drown out the extraneous noise.” ScenePointBlank
“A relaxed, haunting, and deeply enjoyable piece of contemporary classical music…….Expect a truly gorgeous album that really deserves your time.” itdjents
“Kaada’s electronic slant does mean that he’s playing in his own unique realm, one that few of his peers can touch.” Cracklefeedback
“The new record from the Norwegian composer Kaada is a beautiful thing, immense in scope yet startlingly intimate.” Interactive Radio
“It’s, frankly, pretty incredible when you skim and scan the surface of it. There you have it, kids.” PopDose
Norwegian composer John Kaada and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk, Nevermen) have partnered for Bacteria Cult (Ipecac Recordings), the pair’s first Kaada/Patton release since 2007’s Kaada/Patton Live DVD and the first album from the musicians since 2004’s Romances.
“Working with John Kaada on this latest release was an honor and pure pleasure,” said Patton of resuming work Kaada. “His compositions have always resonated deeply with me and his orchestral arrangements for this project are harmonically dense and delicious! Each individual piece is so well constructed and inventively assembled that my vocal passages practically sang themselves. I’m hoping very much that we can seduce some eardrums and welcome listeners into this lush sonic ‘otherworld.’”
“We wanted to try new things,” explains Kaada. “Fully utilizing new technologies, combined with a large orchestra, while putting more attention towards melody and structure.”
The eight-song, orchestral collection exudes the music Ipecac has become well known for: eclectic, experimental and cinematic. Similar in feel to Fantômas’ Director’s Cut, as Kaada describes it, Bacteria Cult “dwells in the twilight zone where spooky and seductive meet.”
Tokyo Olympics (2019)
Finn – Buy Second-hand Or Not At All (2019)
Filmmusic for the film “La liste de mes envies” (2014)
1001 Grams (2014)
The theme for NRKs election programs (2017) was “Use your voice”
Animated music video by Rune Spaans, based on Dave Cooper’s work.
Music for Martin & Mikkelsen (2018)
A soundlogo made for Finn.no some years ago
SATS commercial (2020)
White is the colour of death – TV series (2020)