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Album: Ma Fleur
# Song Title   Time
1)    To Build a Home More Info...
2)    Familiar Ground - Cinematic Orchestra & Fontella Bass More Info...
3)    Child Song More Info...
4)    Music Box - Cinematic Orchestra & Patrick Wilson More Info...
5)    Prelude More Info...
6)    As the Stars Fall More Info...
7)    Into You More Info...
8)    Ma Fleur More Info...
9)    Breathe - Cinematic Orchestra & Fontella Bass More Info...
10)    That Home - Cinematic Orchestra & Patrick Watson More Info...
11)    Time and Space - Cinematic Orchestra & Lou Rhodes More Info...
 

Album: Ma Fleur
# Song Title   Time
1)    To Build a Home More Info...
2)    Familiar Ground - Cinematic Orchestra & Fontella Bass More Info...
3)    Child Song More Info...
4)    Music Box - Cinematic Orchestra & Patrick Wilson More Info...
5)    Prelude More Info...
6)    As the Stars Fall More Info...
7)    Into You More Info...
8)    Ma Fleur More Info...
9)    Breathe - Cinematic Orchestra & Fontella Bass More Info...
10)    That Home - Cinematic Orchestra & Patrick Watson More Info...
11)    Time and Space - Cinematic Orchestra & Lou Rhodes More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: Patrick Watson (vocals, piano); Fontella Bass (vocals); Jote Osahn, Stella Page (strings); Tom Chant (bass clarinet, saxophone); Phil France (double bass); Luke Flowers (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Jason Swinscoe; Steve Hodge .
  • Photographer: Maya Hayuk.
  • 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 Limited Deluxe Edition of the album was also released.] ~ John Bush
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.98) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "MA FLEUR's atmospheric, moody songs and down-tempo arrangements are devoted more to Radiohead-worthy mopiness..."

CMJ (p.98) - "This is easily Cinematic Orchestra's finest hour, its stirring combination of beautiful vocals and transcendent instrumentation solidifying Swinscoe's long-overdue anointing as one of the most cherished composer-arrangers of the modern age."

Down Beat (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MA FLEUR hones in on a guilty-pleasure melancholy....Tunes like 'That Home' or 'Breathe' find their arc in ways reminiscent of Coldplay or Moby."

JazzTimes (p.90) - "MA FLEUR immerses you in its sheer sound and invites you to imagine a narrative, and few will be able to resist."
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