Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #67 Cinematic Orchestra - Every Day
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#67 The Cinematic Orchestra - Every Day
The Cinematic Orchestra came in as our 81st most influential artist of the decade, but it was Every Day that earned them that ranking. As I mentioned in that article, it is J. Swinscoe's patience that is The Cinematic Orchestra's best asset. In the opening track, "All That You Give," we hear a harp and chimes introduction for an entire minute before the rhythm kicks in. Following the intro, we hear a minute and a half of this rhythm before Fontella Bass belts the title. So, essentially, the song doesn't fully kick in until the 2:30 mark. But, this isn't an attempt to build tension and release as most lengthy intros tend to do. Rather, it is the opposite. Swinscoe composes these extensions with the purpose of relaxing the listener. This tactic is evident in track two, "Burnout." We hear a vibraphone in this extended intro and, though it is much shorter than the previous track, it serves the same purpose. It massages away the tension and anxiety created by the anticipation for something bigger. But, after we digest this and recognize that this is not a jam record, we melt into it. It is a chillout record designed to soothe rather than sore. It takes the serenity of both classical music and jazz while layering on an electro film that culminates into one of the best downtempo records ever made. And, rememeber, do not cut out at the end because the closing track, "Everyday," contains the best use of call and response vocals you'll ever hear on a modern record.