It's too bad Norwegian sound clasher Kaada wasn't making music 40 or 50 years ago, because he would've given Ennio Morricone and John Barry a serious run for their money.

It's too bad Norwegian sound clasher Kaada wasn't making music 40 or 50 years ago, because he would've given Ennio Morricone and John Barry a serious run for their money. His latest Ipecac adventure, "Music For Moviebikers," is a far cry from his outstanding label debut, 2003's "Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time." Whereas that release saw him digging in the crates to construct a unique pastiche of doo-wop 'n' bass, "Music for Moviebikers" finds Kaada diving headfirst into his love for film composition.

The music here is lush, sometimes even too lush. Gorgeous tracks like "The Mosquito and the Abandoned Old Woman" and "Celibate" may remind listeners of the stuff Jon Brion was doing for "Punch-Drunk Love," albeit on a more organic level. But then you have a track like "Mainstreaming," which begins with a piano-and-melodica-driven melody but quickly morphs into Hans Zimmer-esque bombast. Keep in mind this is only a fraction of this talented Nord's sonic repertoire: if "Music for Moviebikers" may not be your thing, don't rule out Kaada entirely. -- Ron Hart