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Big week of new music in store. Advanced apologies as the job has gotten the best of me over the last few weeks. But in that time I’ve received a superfluity of sickness, some truly unreal gems, with the biggest, baddest and most exciting the newest record from The Cinematic Orchestra, Ma Fleur, which is scheduled to land stateside over the summer. Longtime readers know how much SK loves it some Cinematic sounds and after five years, Jason Swinscoe — dropping the J. he formerly went by — delivers another stellar LP of deeply moving, jazz-influenced textures.

The story is that Ma Fleur is a soundtrack to a film that hasn’t yet been made (no word on if it will be made either), a fitting M.O. for a group linked to other soundtracking ventures (check out their excellent Man with A Movie Camera LP). Teaming up again with ex-Art Ensemble of Chicago vocalist Fontanella Bass and forging relationships with new voices Patrick Watson on Lou Rhodes, Swinscoe turns to the acoustic guitar as emotive touchstone here. His arranging has matured, with deep swells of melancholic strings more sorrowful and heart wrenching then ever before. Success, even if it forces us to imagine the fictionalized pain Swinscoe must have endured to get us here. For his sake, we prefer to think it another chapter of his evolving genius.

RIYL: Eric Truffaz, Nils Petter Molvær, Miles Davis, Bonobo, Jaga Jazzist, The Broadway Project, Stromba