Romances – Scene Point Blank (Review)

Scene Point Blank REVIEW

KAADA / PATTON – Romances


By now everyone is familiar with “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” that fun movie trivia game that is ever-so-often used as a conversation stimulator. Well I plan to create a variation of the game for the music industry, “Six Degrees of Mike Patton.” Why? Simple, Patton has ties with notable artists in nearly every genre of music: metal, hip hop, pop, jazz, country, noise, electronica, etc… And now movie film scores can be added to that list as Romances marks his collaboration with Norwegian film-music composer John Kaada. I often wonder what inspires musicians to delve into these type of left-of-center projects. It is possible that Ipecac’s re-releasing of Kaada’s debut solo effort partnered with Patton’s role in the upcoming thriller-drama Firecracker played a role.


Romances begins with the eerie “Invocations,” perhaps an homage to early horror film scores. While Kaada’s music is very reminiscent of 1950’s thrillers like Vertigo, Patton harmonizes in a variety of equally off-kilter vocalizations. “PitiĆ© Pour Mes Larmes” is a slight departure, with moments venturing towards the pop music spectrum. At times it even bears resemblance to material found on Mr. Bungle’s California, in particular, the elements that knock off The Beach Boys. Yet while maintaining its pop sensibility, the music is still very adventurous and off the beaten path.


Kaada again takes his focus to influential movie scores on the track “Aubade.” This one reminded me quite a bit of The Godfather, portions of the song are similar to the main theme. Meanwhile, Patton demonstrates his vocal range on this track; everything from his distinctive crooning to those schizophrenic screams. With a voice as articulate as his, it really shouldn’t be a surprise he receives so many accolades, from fans and critics. Further evidence can be found in the melody-line of “L’absent.” Patton’s voice compliments the lively music Page 1 of 4