Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Ma Fleur - The Cinematic Orchestra

Rating: 7.5/10
Sound Quality: 320 kb/s
Format: Mp3
Record Label: Ninja Tune
Year Released: 2007
Album Covers: Included
Pass: radiodada
Links: rapidshare

Note From Dada!
Κι εάν η πρησμένη κοιλιά της μουσικής βιομηχανοκουνέλας, γεννοβολά μουσικές και δίσκους σε ρυθμούς ακατάληπτους και με την βαρύτητας μιας πορδής, ευτυχώς υπάρχουν κάποιοι που βρίσκονται στο studio μόνο όταν συντρέχουν "εμπνευσμένοι" λόγοι. Αν το καλοσκεφτείς οι Portishead με τρία μόνο δισκάκια κατάφεραν να "εδραιωθούν" (θα μπορούσαν και μόνο με τα δύο πρώτα) ως ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά μουσικά σχήματα των 90's. Κάτι παρόμοιο (δεν μπαίνω στη διαδικασία σύγκρισης) συμβαίνει και με το μουσικό σχήμα των Cinematic Orchestra. To "Ma Fleur", το τέταρτο μόλις full length album τους, αποδεικνύει περίτρανα όταν δεν χρειάζεται μια μπάντα να είναι παραγωγική για να παραμένει "ενεργή" αλλά να είναι εμπνευσμένη. Κρατώντας λιγότερες "jazz δομές" σε σχέση με τους προηγούμενους δίσκους τους και ενισχύοντας την πιο ambient - downtempo πλευρά τους, το "Ma Fluer" είναι ένα από τα πιο ολοκληρωμένα album που άκουσα στη δεκαετία των "μηδενικών". Σε δύο τραγούδια "επιστρατεύεται" για μία ακόμα φορά από τα 60's, η καταπληκτική soul φωνή της Fontella Bass, πέντε κομμάτια "ντύνουν" με τις εξαιρετικές τους ερμηνείες ο Patrick Watson και η Lou Rhodes και τέλος πέντε μουσικά ορχηστρικά θέματα κλείνουν αυτό το album που είναι ισάξιο των προηγούμενων που κυκλοφόρησαν οι Cinematic.
Ενώ το album χαρακτηρίζεται από "τη μουσική του συνοχή", καθώς τα tracks "κυλάνε" το ένα πίσω από το άλλο, είναι δύσκολο να μην ξεχωρίσεις το -ανατριχιαστικό- "Breathe" με την Fontella Bass, το "To Build A Home" (Patrick Watson) και το "Time & Peace" (Lou Rhodes).
Όλος όμως ο δίσκος, είναι νομίζω το καταλληλότερο sountrack για αυτές τις βροχερές-χειμωνιάτικες μέρες (...και νύχτες). Καλή ακρόαση!


Breathe - The Cinematic Orchestra
Σε αυτή τη live εκδοχή η ερμηνεία του τραγουδιού ανήκει στην Eska Mtungwazi αντί της studio version που τραγούδησε η Fontella Bass.

About The Album
Ma Fleur is the fourth full-length release and third proper studio album by The Cinematic Orchestra, released on 7 May 2007. The album is less jazz-influenced than the band's previous albums, but still retains their familiar downtempo sound. The North American version of the album contains 10 tracks in a different sequence from the UK version and omits "Child Song".

About The Cinematic Orchestra
The Cinematic Orchestra is a British-based jazz and electronic outfit, created in the late 1990s by Jason Swinscoe. The band is signed to Ninja Tune independent record label. In addition to Swinscoe, the band includes PC (former DJ Food member Patrick Carpenter) on turntables, Luke Flowers (drums), Tom Chant (Saxophone), Nick Ramm (piano), Stuart McCallum (guitar) and Phil France (double bass). Former members include Jamie Coleman (trumpet), T. Daniel Howard (drums), Federico Ughi (drums) and Alex James (piano). The most recent addition to the band is Mancunian guitarist Stuart McCallum. Swinscoe and Carpenter (PC) have also recorded together under the band name Neptune.

The Cinematic Orchestra's sound, in both live and studio contexts, employs a live band which improvises along with a turntablist and electronic elements such as samples provided by Swinscoe. In their studio releases Swinscoe will often remix the live source material to produce a finished product that is a seamless combination of live jazz improvisation with electronica, such that it is difficult to tell where the improvisation ends and the production begins.

Swinscoe first formed a group called Crabladder in 1990, whilst studying Fine Art at Cardiff College, releasing one official single on his own Power Tools label. In 1994, Swinscoe was given a DJ spot on Heart FM, a pirate radio station in south London.
Their debut album, Motion, was released in 1999. The critical success of that album led to them being asked to perform at the Director's Guild Awards ceremony for the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to film director Stanley Kubrick.

The band were asked by the organisers of the Porto European City of Culture 2001 festival to write a new score to Dziga Vertov's classic 1929 Russian silent film Man with a Movie Camera, to be performed live in accompaniment with a showing of the film. The work differed from the band's usual compositions due to its live performance, ruling out the post production work that was present on Motion. The Cinematic Orchestra toured with the work and later released it on an album of the same name. Many of the compositions originally created for Man with a Movie Camera were later adapted from live form (adding in vocal tracks and electronic elements, among other changes) for their next album, Every Day.

In 2006, The Cinematic Orchestra created a cover version of the Radiohead song "Exit Music (For a Film)" that appeared on an album titled Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads. In this piece the band slowed down the tempo of the original, divided the timbre into four sections beginning with saxophone, to the classical guitar, to the electric guitar, ending the piece with the same simple acoustic guitar rhythm as the original version.

The Cinematic Orchestra released the album Ma Fleur on May 7, 2007. Several songs feature Patrick Watson, Fontella Bass, or Lou Rhodes on vocals, with Rhodes and Watson sharing vocals on one song.

The Cinematic Orchestra recorded the soundtrack to the Disneynature film The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (in French: Les Ailes Pourpres: Le Mystère des Flamants), released in France on December 15, 2008. The score was performed live with the London Metropolitan Orchestra at The Union Chapel, Islington on September 17th, 2009 and won the award for best original score at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival In Wyoming, USA on October 1, 2009.


imaginarycities said...

Afou to akousa treis fores synexomenes eimai se thesi na pw oti einai PARA POLY KALO!!!!Thanxxxx

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