BAND: Tacachale Chamber Orchestra

ALBUM: Ocean Floor Funeral


Sometimes you feel like you should try something new, drive a new road, order a new type of coffee, and perhaps listen to a completely different genre of music altogether; for those daring days you will want to take a listen to the new eclectic album from Tacachale Chamber Orchestra named Ocean Floor Funeral.

This is one of those albums that is hard to explain or define, because no doubt when you think of orchestra you think violins, cello’s, flutes, large auditorium type sound, but with Tacachale Chamber Orchestra you get banjo’s and something more akin to The Beatles.

“What’s Your Home” is my choice for the song that encapsulates the bands specific genre of sound. It has smooth vocals, darkly themed and quiet haunting instruments. It sounds like a song that should end up in a twisted Christmas movie, I can’t honestly explain it better than that. It really is just a strange creation.

Not every song on the album is as stripped down as “What’s Your Home.” Other tracks add more instruments and a faster execution, but one thing every song has in common is the unsettling conceptual idea of death and loss. The track “Side Of The Road” is a perfect example of that with its lyrics “I wish I could have watched you die, and seen you slip inside on the side of the road.” 

Considering the bands dark themes I would have expected even darker music, but oddly enough Tacachale Chamber Orchestra comes off as optimistic and almost cheery at times. I think it is that juxtaposition that I find so interesting, it just feels out of place and at the same time it just works.

It is safe to say that not everyone is going to get this, and to be honest, I don’t even think I do, but that being said, I don’t think you need to really. It reminds me of a few other bands that play for the art of it and do not focus on trying to win over the audience with tried and true song writing.

I would easily say that for those that want to expand their musical palette, they should take a listen to this album as soon as possible, and for those that need something more in line with what you hear on the radio, you might want to steer clear.

Written by: Andrew Gomez