On 15 March, symphonic electronic group The Cinematic Orchestra released To Believe, their first album in 12 years. This welcome news followed that of two track launches—and a US performance announcement (their first in a decade). For those already transfixed by the vision of Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith, the guiding forces behind The Cinematic Orchestra, the releases of “A Promise” (featuring vocalist Heidi Vogeler) and “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” (featuring Roots Manuva) opened pathways back to their masterful work from the last 17 years. But with “Lessons,” premiering here, one understands that they’ve undeniably declared a place for their sweeping tracks in the sonic landscape of today.
“Lessons” develops across more than 10 minutes of electronics and an array of instruments. In its partner video, live footage of this progression gets spliced with natural landscapes that lend additional wonder to the wordless tune. It’s lyrical without lyrics—and explosive instrumental solos act as guiding points along the way. To Believe incorporates seven idea-rich tracks that flow into the greater work like swift tributaries. “Lessons” commands attention, but rewards along the way. And its video makes for the perfect fit.
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