It’s been twelve years since The Cinematic Orchestra’s last album. While Ma Fleur presents a fusion of jazz, classical, and electronica, the new album,To Believe, bridges the band's trajectory towards a more cinematic aesthetic. It nonetheless continues off the stylistic tangent left by the previous record.
“Lessons” is one of the driving forces of To Believe:nine minutes of instrumental dialogue, carefully crafted but sonically complex, at times chaotic and other times reticent.
It feels like rush hour, listening to this track. People walk at the pace of the snare drum, trains arrive and depart with the ebbs and flows of the bass and melody, layers are added as the station gets busier. Sonic clutter, visual clutter. Listen to the rest of the album here.