Kaada / Patton
Romances (Ipecac Recordings)
By: Mike SOS
Romances is yet another side project from the warped genius of Mike Patton, who has teamed up with Norwegian noisenik John Kaada, known for juxtaposing genres of music into a potpourri of sound, to create this nine-track opus of oddities. If you're familiar with Patton's obsession with the music from cinema noir or his more avant-garde work with Fantomas, then this disc is a lot easier to listen to and in fact, seems to be a logical direction for him to take. Kaada's rich instrumentation and atmospheric musical landscapes gel exceptionally well to Patton's versatile vocal patterns, giving tracks like "Piti? pour mes larmes" the luxurious luster that only these two pioneers could. Unsettling, engaging, and overall unusual, Romances is a captivating listen to both new ears and old fans alike.
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