Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time – SPONIC ZINE (Review)



If you think you’ve heard everything, chances are you haven’t heard anything like this.


For five years John Erik Kaada has developed the solid reputation of being a “jazz terrorist” in the Norwegian music scene. And after four albums and many live shows with his old band Cloroform (yes, without the “h”), Kaada has ventured out on his own and released a slightly mad musical collage titled Thank You for Your Valuable Time.


What’s surprising is Kaada’s ability to seamlessly arrange doo-wop samples and jungle beats with standard instrumentation (vocal, guitar, drums). It’s as if Kaada noticed the world’s shortening attention span and in turn decided to take a 1950s dinner, chop the fat off, and serve it in little bite-sized, reconfigured pieces. radiates with ease around faltering drum lines and floating horn sections. Other tracks tend to get darker, starting with the form-and-file of “Mainframe” and heavy beats of “Black California.” “Honk” criss-crosses an aggressive loop of guitar and drums with a dance party where everyone’s seemingly doing the twist. And as if the title of the album wasn’t notice enough that Kaada appreciates your listening, the title track ends with a reassertion of that fact. I’m pretty sure it’s Kaada singing “Thank You for Giving Me Your Valuable Time,” but as I said earlier, he’s seamlessly put this thing together to the point of blurring the lines between samples and actual playing. You’d think it was all samples if you weren’t informed differently.


During the year or so that Thank You for Giving Me Your Valuable Time was been released overseas it has been nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen) for Best Rock Album. Though I wouldn’t classify it as a Rock album, it’s surely the best at whatever it is. If Neil Young were making Human Highway today, this could quite possibly be what the soundtrack would sound like. Visit Kaada


– Rob Heater