March 15th was the date of the newest release “To Believe” from the British nu -jazz and electronic music group The Cinematic Orchestra. Released by Ninja Tune, its their first album since “Ma Fleur” in over twelve years.
Formed in 1999, The Cinematic Orchestra (comprising of founder Jason Swinscoe and long-time collaborator and friend Dominic Smith), while being labeled above, continues to suggest that they have always defied category and convention. Neither an orchestra nor a band, not a pure jazz act but full of its influence, not electronic but originally rooted in a London based electronic scene. Musical trends come and go but they have assuredly and defiantly stuck to their principles. A refusal to compromise, to bend to classification, to follow convention.
With their new album “To Believe”, The Cinematic Orchestra have enlisted album contributions from collaborators old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend (vocalist on Bonobo’s ‘First Fires’), Dorian Concept and Tawiah (Mark Ronson band, Kindness). Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote) features on strings, Dennis Hamm (Flying Lotus, Thundercat) on keys and photographer and visual artist Brian “B+” Cross collaborated with Swinscoe and Smith on the album’s concept. The record was mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst (David Bowie, Frank Ocean, Adele) in Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. The album artwork comes courtesy of The Designers Republic™ (Aphex Twin).
The Cinematic Orchestra also started touring earlier this month, with early support from newly added Brainfeeder artists Salami Rose Joe Louis.
Remaining 2019 World Tour Dates for The Cinematic Orchestra
26th March – Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow – UK
27th March – Sage Gateshead – Newcastle – UK
29th March – O2 Institute – Birmingham – UK
30th March – Manchester Academy – UK
31st March – BBC 6Music Festival – Liverpool – UK
18th April – Sankei Hall Breeze – Osaka – Japan
19th April – Hitomi Memorial Hall – Tokyo – Japan
17th May – A2- Wroclaw – Poland
18th May – Studio – Krakow – Poland
19th May Stary Manez – Gdansk – Poland
20th May – Palladium – Warsaw – Poland
21st May – Sala Ziemi – Poznan – Poland
23rd May – Astra – Berlin – Germany
24th May – Music Hall – Cologne – Germany
26th May – Les Docks – Lausanne – Switzerland
30th June – Canon’s Marsh Amphitheatre – Bristol – UK
23rd Nov – Walt Disney Concert Hall – LA – US
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featured image courtesy of Eddie Alcazar