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The Cinematic Orchestra, ‘Ma Fleur’ (Domino)

By: Erik Davis // August 1, 2007

Five years after their last full studio record, multi-instrumentalist Jason Swinscoe’s Cinematic Orchestra return with a stylish soundtrack to an (as yet) unmade film. Unlike the late-night jazz that defined the band’s earlier tracks, Ma Fleur’s atmospheric, moody songs and down-tempo arrangements are devoted more to Radiohead-worthy mopinesss than to snazzy chops. Phil France’s amazing double bass does anchor the groove, but even with such a deep current, the album doesn’t surge through you so much as slowly seep into your consciousness.

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