2LP, Limited Edition, Clear Vinyl
Ninja Tune (2021) EU
2LP Limited edition double clear 140g vinyl featuring three bonus tracks from the time that have never been released on vinyl before. Housed in a gatefold sleeve with four double sided art cards.
The first full studio album by Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra since 2002's "Everyday". Entitled Ma Fleur, the record was written as the soundtrack to a specially commissioned screenplay for an imagined film (which may or may not yet be made).
Dealing with themes of loss and love - and in itself representing a kind of absence - Ma Fleur is fertile ground for Swinscoe's brand of music-making, for while people have talked about what he does in terms of jazz, the truth is that the basis of his music has always 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 TCO popular in the first place. If the mood is melancholy, Swinscoe and the musicians he works with manage to make it an ultimately uplifting experience, perhaps in the end more about the love you find than the love you lose…