Lou Rhodes - Satellite (Elliott Smith cover)
Lou Rhodes 'One Good Thing' mini-doc (album released 15th March on Motion Audio Records)
Late Night Tales by The Cinematic Orchestra - coming April 2010
The Cinematic Orchestra - All That You Give
In 2004, Swinscoe relocated to Paris, which slightly altered the balance of work between himself and France during the making of “Ma Fleur” (and was also responsible for its French title). Then in 2006 he moved again, this time to Brooklyn, New York. Jason is the first to acknowledge that this has had a direct impact on his creativity: “I think the cities I’ve lived in have had an effect on my perspective both personally and musically. The dynamics of a city changes the energy and pace of all things, but particularly music.”
‘Ma Fleur’: In Paris, Jason began work on the instrumentals, which would form the basis of his new record. Having completed a rough version by early 2005, he gave this to a friend who disappeared for 3 weeks and came back with short story scripts in which each track represented a scene. Jason then took this and worked some more on the tracks, and in turn gave this back to his scriptwriter, the two aspects of the project developing alongside one another. This yet-to-be-made movie gave Jason the emotional and narrative impetus he needed to develop the pieces and, in particular, led him even further into his exploration of song than he had previously gone. “For me, I think it became a natural evolution to enquire into that whole new world of the song form,” he says. “Also I think the ‘sceenplay’ experiment led to a need for a much more direct relationship to words and stories. So it still has links with film and narrative, in fact was driven by it.”
The Current Band: Over the years, the membership of Cinematic Orchestra has gradually evolved. Alongside core members Swinscoe and Phil France is Tom Chant, a fixture at left of centre jazz gigs all over the world, saxophonist Chant is known as one of the UK’s top free jazz players. For ‘Every Day’ young drumming legend Luke Flowers was recruited, who had played together with France for a number of years as youthful stars on the northern jazz circuit. New members for the current incarnation of TCO are Nick Ramm - a pianist from London who has played with Matthew Herbert amongst many others – and Stuart McCallum, a guitarist from Manchester, whose subtle, six string antics have slightly changed the dynamics of TCO’s sound on their new record. The shows will also feature vocals from Patrick Watson and special guests on selected dates.
Ninja Tune are proud and pleased to announce a new joint venture – Motion Audio.
Ten years on from the release of The Cinematic Orchestra’s classic first album, 'Motion', Jason Swinscoe has joined forces with the long term A&R for TCO, Dominic Smith, to launch a new record label, with resources and back-end supplied by Ninja.
The first release from the label comes in March 2010. Lou Rhodes, formerly of Lamb and a Mercury Music Prize nominee in her own right, will release her third solo album with the label titled 'One Good Thing'. This record will be followed by the debut full length from Grey Reverend, the Brooklyn singer-songwriter best known for his cover of 'To Build A Home', which he performs live with TCO. His album will be produced by Swinscoe. Also expected in 2010 is an album from Phil France, the TCO bass player and co-writer.
“Motion Audio will be more about a vibe than any particular sound or style,” Swinscoe says. “We want to surprise people, move people, make art. The only thing the records will share is heart…”
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