In the past three years Kim Janssen traveled around the world. Solo, with his 25-headed Major Cities orchestra or withhis other band The Black Atlantic he traveled across Europe, North of America, Great Britain and also Asia for more than 400 shows. In all these years and at all these places he worked on his new album. This second album, named ‘Ancient Crime’, will be released March 9th on the Utrecht based Snowstar Records.
Inspired by his years on a boarding school in Asia ‘Ancient Crime’ is a concept album that takes place in an old idyllic school, in a remote village in north-west England during the winter. A mixture of history, myth, memories, old and new verses and arrangements.
Most of the album was also recorded during the journey. Janssen recorded the Oriel Quartett from Marla Hansen (famous from The National and Sufjan Stevens) in Berlin. A drum set in an abandoned factory in Groningen, an organ in Almere, and the magnificent organ from the Catharina church in Utrecht with the renowned 100-headed Toonkunst choir.