Best of 2018 #18: Orquesta del Tiempo Perdido – “Stille”


This bizarre yet immaculately orchestrated session from Jeroen Kimman’s Orquesta del Tiempo Perdido is one of the most intriguing things I’ve heard all year.  In the spirit of the diverse expressionism of the Kamikaze Ground Crew but with an emphasis on alien eccentricities rather than terrestrial oddities, Kimman’s ensemble finds a curious convergence between the whimsy of children songs and space-age effects and all of it balanced upon a slender, fluid melody that cuts down the heart of each of these fascinating tunes.  Nothing here sounds normal, and, yet, by the time the album reaches its conclusion, there is something comfortingly, strangely familiar about it.  Were I to create a Favorites of 2018 list, it’s quite likely that Stille would earn the top spot.

Released on Clean Feed Records and the Shhpuma label.

Music from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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