November 1, 2016


By itchysilk In MUSIC

With seventeen years in the wonderful bubble of musical creativity, Cinematic Orchestra returns with a new studio album.

Cinematic Orchestra (perhaps misleadingly) is essentially Jason Swinscoe (producer) who was the creative spurt behind the genesis of this alternative outfit back in whose penchant for traversing genres like; and electronica sounds made them/him popular. Of course no man is an island and names like alternative drummer Federico Ughi and Stuart McCallum (guitar) have been integral in that success.

Since emerging on the cusp of the noughties Cinematic Orchestra have put out three stellar albums; Motion (1999), Everyday (2002) and Ma Fleur (2007). Off the back of the success of the debut album they were asked to perform at the Director’s Guild Awards for Life Time Achievement for none other than the master of cinematography Stanley Kubrick.

While they have put out other albums since 2007 like, the brilliant 2010 album, Late Night Tales: Cinemati Orchestra which featured influential names like; Flying Lotus, Thom Yorke from Radiohead and Bjork-in terms of studio albums it’s been a circa nine year wait. An eternity in the commercial world of music but it’s but a second in that anti-commercial world where sales of records are not necessarily the overwhelming reason to put out music.

So with that bit of background sorted let’s saunter with purpose (if that is possible) to the lead single To Believe featuring LA resident Moses Sumney from that forthcoming studio album (name not known as yet). The single (and indeed the whole album) features co-collaboration with long-term friend Dom Smith and the duo have managed to create something deftly brilliant.




As lead singles go considering the long wait, this spine tingling bit of production is exactly what the doctor ordered. An acoustic guitar intro, leads to violin (perhaps cello) strings which set the stage for Moses Sumney’s gorgeous vocal while layers are added with purpose as the track simmers with an intensity that is powerful-it’s melancholic joy and we truly cannot wait for that album.

Photo Credits: B+ and Alexander Black.