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The Cinematic Orchestra's third studio album is a long way from the cut-up jazz of their origins. Moving beyond noir mood pieces, Ma Fleur delves into stark, heartbreakingly beautiful folk and soul. Fontella Bass' haunting vocals give "Familiar Ground" and "Breathe" a timeless quality, and Lamb's Lou Rhodes evokes Nick Drake at his most vulnerable on the spare, acoustic "Music Box"; another Rhodes-led song, "Time and Space," comes on like winter dusk—chilly but also comforting.

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Engaging, Cohesive and Meaningful

With their latest release The Cinematic Orchestra seems more to being inviting you to into their home than into their world with this deeply personal release. Forced to wait until I could return home from work with my copy and position myself between the speakers and "sit down at the table", I was finally able to indulge in what is profoundly subtle album, reflective in tone and charmingly sentimental. The album introduces us to a warm and generous environment that seems like a family in conversation. The vocals add new dimension and further grow the personality of one the most uncompromised and genuine acts around. While perhaps less playful and boisterous than previous releases "Ma Fleur" is exceedingly triumphant even with its haunting vocals and delicate phonic approach. Do yourself a favor and get to know or get to know better this band. It speaks. Thanks AGAIN Jay, Phil, Luke and company. See you in San Diego in September! I plan on dragging all the gang out to see you.

Beautiful & Perfect

The album opens with THAT HOME. They (The Cinematic Orchestra) are welcoming me in. I feel comfort. Already I am surrounded by an aura that feels personal, inviting, open, bright, colorful, warm. FAMILIAR GROUND is playing in the background. I am enveloped in coziness. The piano solo in MA FLEUR blends with the clarinet, bass, and sax. I love the guitar playing in MUSIC BOX. There is nothing like traveling through TIME AND SPACE. Her voice is beautiful. PRELUDE is like walking through a garden of wild flowers, a haze of little butterflies and tiny bugs in the early sunlight air. And AS THE STARS FALL there is that haunting bass again. This time I can smell the cool fresh summer night air. INTO YOU is surreal and gentle. I BREATHE again and inhale deep, slow, and sweet. I feel happy, relaxed, and comfortable. This song is lovely. The album closes with TO BUILD A HOME. There is that piano again and that voice: emotional, personal, real. Finally, the bonus track COLOURS. What else can I say to close this review other than I highly recommend this beautiful album to you.

One of the best of the year

Every once in awhile I hear an album that really suprises me. It is like my mind saying "Why have I not heard this before?" Ma Fleur falls into that category. And it isn't just one song, or two songs, but every song that makes this a wonderful experience. This isn't the type of music you will want to be driving along the road with on the way to work, and it isn't the type of music you want on when you are doing housework or in the kitchen. It is the type of music that you want to lay back and just listen to for hours on end.


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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