Multilingual Montreal ensemble Orkestar Kriminal have made a name for their unique approach to performance, offering covers of obscure material. They were last on our radar in 2013, when they took on prison songs with their EP Zontani! L'bin! Levende!. Now, they've announced a new full-length.
The album is called Tummel and sees the eight-piece group exploring another fascinating collection of songs, with material originally from Moldova, Morocco, Greece, Ukraine, Poland and Argentina, among others.
Tummel was recorded with Howard Bilerman at Hotel2Tango. "What really makes it special is that we used recording techniques from the 1920s," the group's Giselle Webber said in a press release. "We recorded it as a live set and controlled the sound by placing everybody at a specific distance from the microphone."
Tummel will arrive on March 27 via Sainte-Cécile. For now, Orkestar Kriminal have also shared "To Toust," a song sung in Turkish and Greek. That track can be streamed below.