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The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home

cinematic orchestra to build a home
The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home
(Download only single) Ninja Tune ZENDLS191, 2007-02-26

Tracklisting :
01.To Build A Home

Link :
Stream the new Cinematic Orchestra single "To Build A Home"!

Promo CD artwork :
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Press Release :
The new year sees the release of the first full studio album by Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra since 2002's "Everyday", which has now sold over 100,000 copies. Entitled "Ma Fleur," the record was written as the soundtrack to a specially commissioned screenplay for an imagined film (which may yet still be made).

Whilst living in Paris Jason had completed a rough instrumental version of "Ma Fleur" by early 2005, more moods than finished tracks, a series of sketches or diagrams of directions to follow. He gave this to a friend who disappeared for 3 weeks and came back with short story scripts where each track was a scene. Jason then took this and worked some more on the tracks, and in turn gave this back to the art director, the two aspects of the project developing alongside one another.

Dealing with themes of loss and love - and in itself representing a kind of absence - it is fertile ground for Swinscoe's brand of music-making, for while people have talked about what he does in terms of jazz, the truth is that the basis of his music has always been in raw emotion. Featuring vocals from Mercury-nominated Lou Rhodes, the remarkable Fontella Bass and the as-yet unheralded Patrick Watson, it's a record which takes TCO to a whole new level of music-making.

As a taster for this landmark album, Ninja Tune is issuing a download-only release of opening track "To Build A Home". A sparse and achingly beautiful piece of music, piano and then strings build slowly behind the incredible voice of Patrick Watson, the whole operating as a kind of prelude setting out the themes of the record to follow. Swinscoe met Patrick, explained the scenario for the track, played him his basic piano part and then wrote the lyric with him. Once the bare bones were in place, Swinscoe's chief collaborator, bassist Phil France scored the string sections. Watson, an American living in Quebec, combines the fragility of Anthony Hegarty with the warm soul of Curtis Mayfield. It's a performance of incredible poise, one of those pieces of music that seems perfect and complete and utterly classic as soon as you hear it.

"The Cinematic Orchestra are endlessly amazing, warped, inventive and intriguing. They're big and they're clever." Sunday Telegraph
"The Cinematic Orchestra stand alone pround and complete." Independent on Sunday
"Classy and cerebral, but atmospheric and soulful too." NME
"Very special and streets ahead." Esquire
"The genius, a word not to be used lightly, of the Cinematic Orchestra seemingly knows no bounds." DJ
"Breathtaking." MOJO


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DEN DEN ·  01 January 2007, 10:29

Szkoda , ze YEA :/

utr utr ·  17 September 2008, 17:20

Watch The Making Of "To Build A Home" video :
Part 1 (SWF)
Part 2 (SWF)

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