Cinematic Orchestra Man with a Movie Camera

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Evoking Portishead's ability to create groove and atmosphere simultaneously, Cinematic Orchestra brings depth and nuance to this interpretive set based on a silent 1930s-era Soviet propaganda film. If all that sounds terribly heavy, imagine a grainy black-and-white film depicting scenes of the idealized socialist life-spare, quiet, funny and a little sad-and you get a sense of Cinematic's jazzy constructions of samples, funky keys, grave strings, squealing saxophones and warm bass riffs. The tracks knock you out with their understated simplicity and occasionally goofy nostalgia, effortlessly creating a sense of an end, feeling and naive hope now long since vanished.