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The Cinematic Orchestra Motion 2LP Vinyl Ninja Tune + Download ZEN45 EU

Artist: The Cinematic Orchestra
Title: Motion
Catalog Number: ZEN45
Label: Ninja Tune
Reissued by: Ninja Tune
Barcode: 5021392199184
Original release year: 1999
Reissue year: 2013
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: Standard
Extras: Download Code
Total Item Weight: 371gr
Pressing country: EU
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: May 23, 2015
Note: Not eligible for any further discounts
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Motion is truly a combination of Electronica and Jazz, and it is unequivocally brilliant at that. The songs on Motion are eerie, lush, edgy, expansive, gritty, intensely powerful. Sometimes an album comes along that forces you to reconfigure and re-evaluate all of the assumptions you had made about music in order to realize how vast and endless the possibilities are. This is one of those albums.

 

 

Whether to categorize Motion as a jazz or electronica album is an intriguing conundrum, because it truly turns out to be a combination of both musical forms, and it is an unequivocally brilliant combination, at that. British arranger/programmer J. Swinscoe - who virtually is the Cinematic Orchestra - gathered samples of drum grooves, basslines, and melodies from various recordings and artists that have inspired and influenced him (spaghetti-western composer Ennio Morricone and Roy Budd's spy film scores, '60s and '70s jazz and soundtrack scores from musicians such as Elvin Jones, Eric Dolphy, Andre Previn, David Rose, and John Morris).

 

He then presented the samples that he had collected to a group of musicians, the core of which consisted of Tom Chant (soprano sax, electric and acoustic piano), Jamie Coleman (trumpet, flugelhorn), Phil France (bass), and T.Daniel Howard (drums), to learn and then improvise. Those tracks, in turn, were sampled and rearranged by Swinscoe on computer to create the tracks that make up this first Cinematic Orchestra album. The album bears all of the atmospheric hallmarks of ambient electronica, as well as Swinscoe's soundtrack inspirations and all the improvisational energy of jazz. Most of the songs are built with wave upon wave of repeated loops and instrumental phrases that work into a groove.

 

Yet it feels at any moment as if the music is about to explode, like a steam whistle boiling to its screaming point. On "One to the Big Sea," for example, the same four-note bassline plays over and over with the same ride cymbal rhythm, but instead of seeming rote or mechanical, the riff just seems to continually bubble up and throb, slowly building anticipation and pressure. When a looped piano riff and horn charts enter the music, the juxtaposition seems almost jarring; yet, as they continue to repeat, in turn, atop the bass and cymbals, you can't help but feel that you're waiting for another dramatic leap, which eventually comes by way of the song's cornerstone: a thrilling drum solo.

 

Each song is just as accomplished in its own way, so expertly arranged by Swinscoe that the impression of both structure and improvisation is created, while never sounding for a moment anything less than organic. The music is constructed piece by piece until it is a seamless whole that lives and breathes on its own merits, much like the soundscapes of DJ Shadow. Regardless of how they were made, though, the songs on Motion are by turns eerie, lush, edgy, expansive, gritty, intensely powerful, and gorgeous. Sometimes an album comes along that forces you to reconfigure and re-evaluate all of the assumptions you had previously made about music in order to realize how vast and endless the possibilities are; this is one of those albums. - Stanton Swihart, All Music

 

 

Track Listing:

01 Durian
02 Ode To The Big Sea
03 Night of The Iguana
04 Channel 1 Suite
05 BlueBirds
06 And Relax!
07 Diabolus
08 Kalima

 

Click here to listen to samples on YouTube.com

 

 


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