Music for Moviebikers – SF REPORTER (Review)

SF REPORTER REVIEW

Kaada – Music for Moviebikers

 

For many of us, the idea of having a movie soundtrack follow us around, to add or sometimes legitimize our moods, has crossed our minds. We watch beautifully scored films and wish life were that seamless.

 

On his latest album, Norwegian composer Kaada, who has worked extensively in his native country scoring films, decided to make this music. Music for Moviebikers has the gentle sounds

 

we associate with love scenes, the delicate, sweeping feeling of a panoramic shot and the cautionary noises foreshadowing the danger that lies just around the corner. But, despite the album actually being categorized as a soundtrack, there is nothing to accompany it. Moviebikers is a score without an actual film, leaving the scenes it evokes to the imagination of the listener.

 

Kaada is one of those artists who clearly isn’t experimenting, because he has yet to master his craft. Moviebikers’ assemblage of 22 musicians creates a nearly lyric-less flowing score that used no digital editing equipment, instead relying on live performance. On past works Kaada has mixed the sounds of Gregorian-type chants with lounge music, and he is one of the few musicians around who knows how to put a dulcimer and an electric guitar side by side in perfect cooperation.

 

This may be Kaada’s best work to date, because it’s the one he takes the most seriously. Despite the melancholy atmosphere of past works, like Thank You for Giving Me Your Valuable Time, Moviebikers loses any hint of playfulness, emoting all over the place, without becoming overly sappy or sad. It’s the kind of music that scratches the surface of emotion and the unviewable scene fills out the rest.

 

By Patricia Sauthoff