Kaada/Patton – Bacteria Cult


Warning: infectious orchestrations.


Bacteria Cult is the second collaborative effort from Norwegian artist John Kaada (Cloroform) and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas) who first worked together on 2004’s Romances. Aside from his solo work, Kaada is notable for having composed numerous soundtracks for film, an area which Patton has also successfully explored.


Bacteria Cult is itself intensely cinematic, and is full of rich textures, brought to life by the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Stavanger being Kaada’s hometown). Opener Red Rainbow builds on a creeping orchestral melody with sleek, sinister vocals and the tip-toe of pizzicato strings, while the fleeting dance of harpsichord keys suggests further trouble ahead.


Black Albino is an epic spaghetti western theme in the vein of classic Morricone. Featuring a driving staccato rhythm, towering romantic strings and heroic mariachi trumpet, it’s enough to make you crave a full-blown spag-soundtrack from the pair.


Much like the first, the remaining tracks belong to what is for the most part a forbidding world, yet one which is dotted with an ornamental mischief. Peste Bubonica comes with all the severity you would expect from a piece named after The Black Death, yet still finds room to evoke an air of espionage; perhaps suggestive of a pestilence pursuing its quarry.


Elsewhere, Patton’s saccharine vowel sounds add a touch of soul to some rather grand classical themes, and cartoonish orchestral sound effects embellish the material’s narrative feel. A seductive listen.


Reviewed by Alun Hamnett

02.05.16, 07.16