Broken Record #53
Norwegian composer and musician John Erik Kaada has had a varied and prolific career, working in the realms of classical, rock, avant-garde and soundtracks. You may have heard him last collaborating with Mike Patton on 2016's superb Bacteria Cult LP. He's about to release a new collection called Closing Statements, a concept album of sorts, centring around the theme of obituaries and last words. Fans of Kaada's previous work will not be disappointed. Here though, in #53 of our Broken Record series, Kaada talks us through a few of the albums from his eclectic collection. Kaada explains: "I have picked out five albums that are worth mentioning. It’s not favourite albums, or anything. As we all know, to pick out top five albums is like picking out your favourite plug-ins. Some of them are good at a certain setting, or a certain atmosphere, or at a certain whatever. Luckily for me, I can still notice that my tastes are constantly changing. Which means that I am not stagnating too much. I love to dig into my collection, and see what old goodies are there. I am sort of worried about the monotone and streamlined music that we hear on the radio these days, and many people seem totally hung up on the latest trends, forgetting that we humans have been making music for centuries, and that there are millions of albums already out with fantastic music. My taste spans from hardcore contemporary music to smooth pop, and my album collection reflects that. It’s a total mess with music in every genre."