The Cinematic Orchestra To Believe

To Believe

The Cinematic Orchestra

Released on March 15, 2019 by Domino Recording Co

Main artist: The Cinematic Orchestra

Genre: Electronic/Dance

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Over a decade after the release of 2007's Ma Fleur, the Cinematic Orchestra return with their fourth album of expansive soundscapes, To Believe. During the gap between efforts, the primary duo of Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith remained active with multiple projects (including a Disney soundtrack, a live album, and a compilation of tracks composed for avant-garde short films), but didn't return focus to their core material until late 2016. Emerging three years later with To Believe, the pair toned down the overt jazziness of Ma Fleur -- consider this set more "Time and Space" than "Ma Fleur" -- retaining their meandering nature and elevating the music to a new level of elegance and beauty. A fresh crop of guest vocalists were recruited to do the heavy lifting, with Moses Sumney suffusing the title track with drama and gravity; Roots Manuva layering warmth and a pulsing heartbeat to the beat-forward "A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life"; and labelmate L.D. Brown (aka Grey Reverend) doing his best José González-fronting-Alt-J on the swirling "Zero One/This Fantasy." Soulful English vocalist Tawiah appears from the ether to deliver a scene-stealing performance on "Wait for Now/Leave the World," much like Heidi Vogel on the expansive 11-minute closer, "A Promise," which briefly glitters to life in a surprise burst that pleases as much as it disappoints, simply for not lasting long enough. On the instrumental side, the uplifting "Lessons" evokes Radiohead at their most experimental and glitchy, while the deceptively gorgeous "The Workers of Art" sweeps with bittersweet tenderness. Although these seven songs mostly float from here to there -- a sometimes frustrating collection of ideas that tease resolution without any satisfying denouement -- the atmosphere that the Cinematic Orchestra creates is evocative and spurs the imagination. To Believe is very much an experience that requires engagement if a worthwhile connection is desired; otherwise, it makes for a terrific soundtrack to a film that resides purely in the soul. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Album : 1 disk - 7 tracks Total length : 00:53:33

  1. 1 To Believe

    D. Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - The Cinematic Orchestra, MainArtist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - J. Swinscoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Just Isn't Music, MusicPublisher - Moses Sumney, FeaturedArtist - M. Sumney, Composer, Lyricist - Sumney Music, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd 2016 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd

  2. 2 A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life

    D. Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - The Cinematic Orchestra, MainArtist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Roots Manuva, FeaturedArtist - R Smith, Composer, Lyricist - J. Swinscoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Just Isn't Music, MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd

  3. 3 Lessons

    D. Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - The Cinematic Orchestra, MainArtist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - J. Swinscoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Just Isn't Music, MusicPublisher - L D Brown, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd

  4. 4 Wait For Now/Leave The World

    D. Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Cinematic Orchestra, MainArtist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - J. Swinscoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Just Isn't Music, MusicPublisher - Tawiah, FeaturedArtist - B Tawiah, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd

  5. 5 The Workers of Art

    D. Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - The Cinematic Orchestra, MainArtist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - J. Swinscoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Just Isn't Music, MusicPublisher - Warp Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - M Atwood-Ferguson, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd

  6. 6 Zero One/This Fantasy

    D. Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - The Cinematic Orchestra, MainArtist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - J. Swinscoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Grey Reverend, FeaturedArtist - Just Isn't Music, MusicPublisher - L D Brown, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd

  7. 7 A Promise

    D. Smith, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Cinematic Orchestra, MainArtist - Tom Elmhirst, Mixer - Heidi Vogel, FeaturedArtist - J. Swinscoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - Just Isn't Music, MusicPublisher - S Favero, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd 2019 Ninja Tune under exclusive license to Domino Recording Co Ltd

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  • Over a decade after the release of 2007's Ma Fleur, the Cinematic Orchestra return with their fourth album of expansive soundscapes, To Believe. During the gap between efforts, the primary duo of Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith remained active with multiple projects (including a Disney soundtrack, a live album, and a compilation of tracks composed for avant-garde short films), but didn't return focus to their core material until late 2016. Emerging three years later with To Believe, the pair toned down the overt jazziness of Ma Fleur -- consider this set more "Time and Space" than "Ma Fleur" -- retaining their meandering nature and elevating the music to a new level of elegance and beauty. A fresh crop of guest vocalists were recruited to do the heavy lifting, with Moses Sumney suffusing the title track with drama and gravity; Roots Manuva layering warmth and a pulsing heartbeat to the beat-forward "A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life"; and labelmate L.D. Brown (aka Grey Reverend) doing his best José González-fronting-Alt-J on the swirling "Zero One/This Fantasy." Soulful English vocalist Tawiah appears from the ether to deliver a scene-stealing performance on "Wait for Now/Leave the World," much like Heidi Vogel on the expansive 11-minute closer, "A Promise," which briefly glitters to life in a surprise burst that pleases as much as it disappoints, simply for not lasting long enough. On the instrumental side, the uplifting "Lessons" evokes Radiohead at their most experimental and glitchy, while the deceptively gorgeous "The Workers of Art" sweeps with bittersweet tenderness. Although these seven songs mostly float from here to there -- a sometimes frustrating collection of ideas that tease resolution without any satisfying denouement -- the atmosphere that the Cinematic Orchestra creates is evocative and spurs the imagination. To Believe is very much an experience that requires engagement if a worthwhile connection is desired; otherwise, it makes for a terrific soundtrack to a film that resides purely in the soul. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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In 1997 Domino released Pavement's landmark commercial breakthrough Brighten The Corners which was followed a year later by Elliot Smith's Either/Or  and in 1999 the debut album by Will Oldham as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See Darkness: a series of albums that confirmed the label's reputation as the preeminent European home of American music. Bell's desire to work with British bands as innovative and singular as his American artists reached fruition in the late nineties with the signings of Four Tet, Clinic, James Yorkston and The Kills.    All were acts with a distinct identity that established Domino as a label interested in creativity rather than in any particular ...

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