Album Review: The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe

Friday 08th, March 2019 / 16:56
by Lauren Edwards

The Cinematic Orchestra To Believe
Domino Records

There is beauty in simplicity. Only a few piano keys and soft vocals are in The Cinematic Orchestra’s emotionally compelling composition “To Build a Home,” which was released in 2007 and became a hit single. Twelve years later, they’re releasing To Believe, which carries just as much raw emotion as its predecessor.

The album shines through simplistic introductions with acoustic chords and piano keys, before a violin slowly joins and hauntingly beautiful vocals, like Moses Sumney, drawing the listener into the eponymous album opener.

The second track “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life,” strikes a match, carrying a toe-tapping beat highly differing from the melody of the first. Featuring the strong vocals of Roots Manuva, he pairs well with the song’s jazzy electronic instrumental.

The familiar transcendent sounds of The Cinematic Orchestra eloquently unfold through the rest of the album, reminding that an instrumental song unravels feelings of nostalgia. Such as in “The Workers of Art,”—which flows into the hopeful, slightly more upbeat “Zero One/This Fantasy.”

Whether it’s in an amphitheatre or listening through headphones, the creative genius of The Cinematic Orchestra’s latest will make a believer of us all.