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Album Review

For the true follow-up to 2002's Every Day — since 2003's Man with a Movie Camera soundtrack had actually been recorded four years earlier — J. Swinscoe & co.'s Cinematic Orchestra produced another soundtrack, this one virtually invisible. Not long after Every Day's release, Swinscoe began writing music for another Cinematic LP, but in another direction from where he'd gone previously. This was a series of quiet, contemplative instrumentals, with Rhodes keyboards and reedy clarinets, simply begging for a narrative (call them orchestrations for cinema). With scripts for each supplied by a friend — each track got its own story, together comprising different scenes from a single life — and a series of unpeopled photographs supplied by Maya Hayuk, Cinematic Orchestra had the narrative they needed for their invisible soundtrack. (Added vocals from Fontella Bass, Lou Rhodes, and Patrick Watson represent the same person at different ages.) The results form an intensely affecting record, but one whose monochromatic format unfortunately serves no large purpose; when every song attempts to become a mini-masterpiece of melodrama, patience grows thin. Swinscoe tells us that he wanted to record an album where "leaving the spaces as empty as possible was paramount," but he can hardly complain if we choose to leave him the space to himself. [A U.K. version of the album was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Coup De Coeur!!

Whoah!!! Vraiment incroyable cet album! Patrick Watson est à son meilleur, comme je m'y attendais, et il est un rouage important de l'album, ayant été impliqué dans 5 pièces (Composition/Vocal/Piano). ''Ma Fleur'' est un album très instrumental et très émotif...du The Cinematic Orchestra à son meilleur! Les chants de P. Watson, F. Bass et L. Rhodes sont magnifiques et viennent ajouter au piano, aux cellos, au sax et même à la clarinette de cet album une beauté incontestable! Vraiment un autre coup de maître pour Ninja Tune! Enjoy!!

Emotional Release

There are simply no words to describe how passionate these tracks really are. I never heard of this band before but they are well worth the listen. Both vocalists are extremely talented leave you feeling mentally numb.


I just discovered Cinematic Orchestra through the 'just for you' based on my purchase of an AIR album. The first song of Ma Fleur swept me off my feet. A smooth emotion envoking track that sets you up for the rest of this relaxing, flawless album. Smooth instrumental intros broken by goose bump inducing vocals. Kudos to this group. I am thrilled about discovering Cinematic Orchestra and will surely be getting more of their material.


Formed: 1999

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The brilliantly named Cinematic Orchestra is led by composer/programmer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Swinscoe, who formed his first group, Crabladder, in 1990 as an art student at Cardiff College. Crabladder's fusion of jazz and hardcore punk elements with experimental rhythms inspired Swinscoe to further explore the possibilities of sampling, and by the time of the group's demise in the mid-'90s, he was DJ'ing at various clubs and pirate radio stations in the U.K. The music he recorded on his own...
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Ma Fleur, The Cinematic Orchestra
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Downtempo, Jazz, Bop
  • Released: Jun 05, 2007

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