Music for Moviebikers

Music for Moviebikers

by Kaada


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Music for Moviebikers

Norway's John Erik Kaada is an "atmosphericist," a guy who sees movies in his head and the music that should accompany them. On 2001's Thank You for Giving Me Your Valuable Time, he built cinematic pop songs around surprisingly organic sounding samples and loops, a style he's taken to an even more natural place on the dreamy Music for Moviebikers. Recorded in just three weeks without any programming or studio trickery, with an ensemble that included 22 musicians on a myriad traditional and homemade instruments, Moviebikers, described by the artist as "13 connected calm songs that I like," falls somewhere between Amelie composer Yann Tiersan ("Smiger"), Tom Waits ("Retirement Community"), and Ennio Morricone ("Mosquito and the Abandoned Old Woman") with a heavy undercurrent of Angelo Badalamenti melodrama. Kaada draws out his silent film slowly, introducing the occasional wordless vocal, glass harmonica, and dulcimer with a mix of trepidation and precision, breaking into full-blown pop on the rousing "Mainstreaming." This is not the Raymond Scott Orchestra providing the kinetic energy required by Looney Tunes icons Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd to bash each other's brains in; rather, it's the rainy twilight streets of the Tin Hat Trio or even German dirge collective Bohren painting the night with equal parts hope and terror.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/11/2006
Label: Ipecac Recordings
UPC: 0689230007920
catalogNumber: 79

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kaada   Primary Artist
Joe Young   Keyboards,Vocals
Per Zanussi   Saw
Børge Fjordheim   Drums
Erland Dahlen   Percussion
Øyvind Storesund   Human Whistle
Geir Sundstøl   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Sigrun Eng   Cello
Renate Engevold   Violin
Jane Helen Johansen   Guitar,Mandolin,Accordion,Vocals,Kalimba
Hanne Haarbye   Viola
Cain Marko   Clarinet
Sergiov Scarlatto   Dulcimer
Havard Bilsbak   Cello

Technical Credits

Joe Young   Contributor
Kaada   Composer

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Music for Moviebikers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymisfit More than 1 year ago
This album is the most exquisite and superb recording I have found this year. I recommend a room with a window to view Autumun weather, solitude, comfortable furniture, and exclusive attention to feel the greatest effects from the simple, memorable melodies and intricate layering of instrumentation.