A movie soundtrack that’s better than most movies

Jason Swinscoe, the mastermind behind the Cinematic Orchestra, is obsessed with the confluence of music, the movies, and real life. The band’s earlier productions — often intended to play like imaginary film soundtracks — include one actual score, commissioned in late 1999, for Russian director Dziga Vertov’s groundbreaking 1929 silent documentary Man with a Movie Camera. The Cinematic Orchestra’s latest album, Ma Fleur (out tomorrow), was also commissioned for a film — an original production that remains unmade. Luckily for us, Swinscoe has managed to release the soundtrack anyway.

Ma Fleur matches the band’s bravura performance for Movie Camera, and works perfectly as a fully realized, stand-alone album. Delicate electronics, orchestral scoring, and occasional vocals build a mood of fragile beauty that turns sublime with the emotional wallop of the closing track, “To Build a Home.”

Dazzling book jackets without novels inside; awesome stage sets on which actors never set foot; kick-ass magazine covers with no accompanying articles . . . we love the myriad possibilities of this new cart-before-the-horse genre.

VIEW the Cinematic Orchestra’s score for Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera

VISIT the Cinematic Orchestra’s Website

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A movie soundtrack that’s better than most movies