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The Cinematic Orchestra's classic 2007 album Ma Fleur. At the time the album was recognised for its bold departure from the group's sonic traditions. In the years since, it's been continuously celebrated, with tracks like 'To Build A Home' reaching huge audiences with over half a billion streams to date.

Dealing with themes of loss and love - and in itself representing a kind of absence - Ma Fleur is fertile ground for Swinscoe and long term collaborator Dominic Smith's brand of music-making, for while people rightly have talked about what they do in terms of jazz, the truth is that the basis of their music has always also been in raw emotion. From the achingly beautiful opener "To Build A Home" to the finale, "Time And Space," this is an album which reaches for and finds a truth and honesty far beyond what we would normally expect from such a record, but without losing any of the accessibility which made the band popular in the first place. If the mood is melancholy, The Cinematic Orchestra manage to make it an ultimately uplifting experience, perhaps in the end more about the love you find than the love you lose...

Tracklisting

  • To Build A Home
  • Familiar Ground
  • That Home
  • Child Song
  • Music Box
  • Ma Fleur
  • Prelude
  • As The Stars Fall
  • Into You
  • Breathe
  • Time & Space
  • Colours
  • Flowers
  • Talking About Freedom
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