As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2018.
We're thrilled to have composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kaada curating this month's mixtape. He conquered our ears a long time ago with his numerous and diverse projects spanning a wide range of genres, from classical to avant-garde, to rock and electronic. Member of the band Cloroform, he also frequently collaborates with Mike Patton and composes film scores as well as producing his own solo works, the latest of which, just out last week, is the utterly sublime album Closing Statements. Here's a few words from Kaada to accompany his magnificent sonic selection from traditional and modern classical composers.
"This playlist represents the music that I have been listening to the last month, and tracks that I have drawn inspiration from as i am working on my current projects. These are all really great tracks, to my ears."
- Donnacha Dennehy: Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne – Part 2
- Ben Lukas Boysen – You’ll Miss Us One Day
[Ad Noiseam / Erased Tapes]
- Roomful of Teeth (Caroline Shaw) – Partita for 8 singers – Part 2 Sarabande
[New Amsterdam Records]
- Lutosławski (Alexander Liebreich & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) – Musique funèbre à la mémoire de Béla Bartók: Prolog Prologue
- Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
- John Tavener (The Choir Of The Temple Church) – The Lamb
- Castiglioni (Teresia Bokor)- Salmo XIX
- Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – An Intention
- Osvaldo Golijov – Vision: Bautismo en la Cruz
- A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King Part One
[Erased Tapes / Kranky]
- Richard Reed Parry – Duet For Heart And Breath
- Játékok (Gábor Csalog) – VIII: Flowers We Are – For Miyako (For Four Hands)
- Arvo Pärt (Estonian National Symphony Orchestra) – Summa
Last month we heard and loved ‘Farewell’ and ‘Unknown Destination’, two magnificent, cinematic and striking tracks taken from Kaada‘s upcoming album Closing Statements. With release day quickly and excitingly approaching, the Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist is enticing us even more with a new cut from the record, the poignantly beautiful ‘Home In the Dark’. Take a listen below.
Closing Statements is out on May 25th through Mirakel Recordings.
There’s a new album on the horizon from Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist Kaada. Entitled Closing Statements, it follows Bacteria Cult, his collaborative album with Mike Patton released in 2016, and last year’s score for Angels Are Made of Light.
The album title refers to people’s last uttered words, with the subject of death as the central theme. Kaada explains:
“There is a mysterious aim over the final words of the dying. What does these last words reveal about life, death and consciousness? These words give a glimpse into the individual’s overall feelings and experiences. The underlying message of the album is that we have to listen to each other. In a modern world where people mostly don’t have the time or interests to get to know one another, we need to be reminded that we need to listen. At least… when somebody is about to say their last words.”
Closing Statement arrives on May 25th through Mirakel Recordings and Kaada is enticing us now with two magnificent, cinematic and striking tracks, ‘Farewell’ and ‘Unknown Destination’.