Closing Statements

An album from Kaada

“Positively full of life and with a tremendous quiet joy, everything about Kaada’s “Closing Statements” stuns with its surrealist bent.”
Beach Slot 2018.04.21

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“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.10/10”
Sonic Abuse 2018.04.21

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“a modern symphonic journey that brings a golden delight to the ears” 
Mxdwn 2018.04.21

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“exceptional compositions that are best listened to in a quiet place with headphones on” (on single releases)
Mxdwn 2018.03.20

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“In Closing Statements, Kaada brightens the darkest of subjects, not from irreverence but its opposite: a deep-seated respect for life that leads, as the composer writes, to the importance of listening: not only to the parched final words, but to all the words that come before.”
A Closer Listen 2018.05.14

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The new record from the Norwegian composer Kaada is a beautiful thing, immense in scope yet startlingly intimate.
Popdose 2018.05.25

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Enter John Kaada’s Closing Statements, a shimmering opus painstakingly crafted to soothe the collective woes of humanity. Mxdwn 2018.05.25

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“pre-order the whole heavy AF affair here ahead of its May 25 release date. Your own proudly dark inner life will thank you.”
Tiny Mix Tapes 2018.03.20

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“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 2018.05.10

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“expect a truly gorgeous album that really deserves your time.”
itdjents 2018.05.23

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Kaada’s electronic slant does mean that he’s playing in his own unique realm, one that few of his peers can touch.
Cracklefeedback 2018.05.25

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Kaada drops new album inspired by peoples’ last words

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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 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.

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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’m a quiet kind of guy, and 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.»

Kaada hopes that «Closing Statements» will attract audiences’ attention too. But the album’s 11 spiralling tracks, layering keys, guitars, electronics and wordless vocals, are by no means his swansong – the Oslo-based artist, known for his genre bending and prolific career, still has lots to say in music. In the six years since his last solo stint, «Kaada & The Late Bloomers in Concert», he has released albums with long-time collaborator and Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton («Bacteria Cult», 2016) and Cloroform («Grrr», 2016), the band who kick-started his music career 20 years ago. Kaada has also achieved great success as a film and TV composer.

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«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.

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«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.»

The album is supported by FFUK, FFLB and NOPA