The Cinematic Orchestra | 01/17/19

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The Cinematic Orchestra, the British electronic duo founded by Jason Swinscoe and co-helmed by Dominic Smith, will return with their first album in 12 years ‘To Believe,’ out March 15 on Domino/Ninja Tune. Pre-order album.

Over the course of the album’s 7 sweeping tracks, Swinscoe and his longtime artistic partner Smith explore a timeless question of vital importance in 2019 - what to believe? 

To accompany the announcement, The Cinematic Orchestra have released a new song "A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life" featuring Roots Manuva. The track, which was revealed via a website only accessible on offline devices - a paradox illuminating the album’s central theme - was available initially last week on 12" in independent record stores and sold out in a matter of hours. Listen to “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” featuring Roots Manuva here:

‘To Believe’ features contributions from collaborators old and new: vocalists Moses Sumney, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend (featured on Bonobo’s 'First Fires’), Dorian Concept and Tawiah (Mark Ronson, Kindness), with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Flying Lotus, Anderson Paak, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote) on strings. The record was mixed by GRAMMY-winner Tom Elmhirst (David Bowie, Frank Ocean, Adele) at Electric Lady studios in New York City.

17 years into Swinscoe and Smith’s partnership, their approach has lost none of its urgency or searing insight, and “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” is proof of that. Roots Manuva laments how our “situation is strange to us, stranger things are claiming us” over a pounding, hypnotic rhythm section that concedes to the choruses’ soaring strings.

In 2019 it is easy to see The Cinematic Orchestra’s influence - their critically-acclaimed 1999 debut album ‘Motion’ helped pave the way for today’s modern jazz landscape, and encouraged a new generation of musicians to break rules. ‘To Believe’ doesn’t shy away from this ethos - its articulation of the band’s unique sonic language, encompassing not only jazz but the sort of transcendental orchestration combined with the elegant electronics of artists like Ólafur Arnalds and Floating Points (artists they have helped forge a path for) - has never been more cohesive and compelling.

Since ‘Motion,’ The Cinematic Orchestra have sold hundreds of thousands of albums, generated almost half a billion streams and enjoyed critical support from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New York Times, Fader, Rolling Stone and more. Their opus “To Build A Home” has been synced to dozens of films and TV shows including Orange Is The New Black and This Is Us, as well as brands like Burberry, Armani, Nike and Apple.

The Cinematic Orchestra have sold out storied venues around the world, including London's Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. They’ve performed across the festival circuit, including appearances at Coachella and Glastonbury. The Cinematic Orchestra will tour extensively in support of ‘To Believe,’ including a three-night residency at London’s iconic Roundhouse in March. US dates will be announced soon.