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Ma Fleur

Ma Fleur

by The Cinematic Orchestra The Cinematic Orchestra




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.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Domino
UPC: 0801390015120
catalogNumber: 151
Rank: 133362


  1. That Home
  2. Familiar Ground
  3. Ma Fleur
  4. Music Box
  5. Time and Space
  6. Prelude
  7. As the Stars Fall
  8. Into You
  9. Breathe
  10. To Build a Home

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cinematic Orchestra   Primary Artist
Fontella Bass   Vocals
Phil France   Double Bass
Patrick Watson   Piano,Vocals
Luke Flowers   Drums
Tom Chant   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Stella Page   Strings
Jote Osahn   Strings
Stuart McCallum   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Hodge   Engineer
Phil France   Composer,String Arrangements
Jason Swinscoe   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Patrick Watson   Composer
Luke Flowers   Composer
Tom Chant   Composer
Stella Page   String Arrangements
Stuart McCallum   Composer

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