Returning to the forefront of the music scene are The Cinematic Orchestra, who, after twelve long years, are about to bless us with their upcoming studio album To Believe. Out on March 15, the record tries to tackle one of the fundamental issues gripping the world today: what, who, and how do you believe anything in the age of post-truth? The founder of the band, Jason Swinscoe, is joined by Dominic Smith; together they form the current iteration of The Cinematic Orchestra. Recruited to act as as featuring artists on the record were stars like Roots Manuva, Moses Sumney, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Grey Reverend.

New Single

Roots Manuva features on the record’s first single, which was also released today. He lays down some really wholesome lyrics focusing on the concept of the album, whilst pulsating drums play off of soulful pianos. Soaring strings and a gorgeous bass tone elevate the song into an angelic climax during each chorus, before things return to the aforementioned pulsating drum beat. “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” is nicely varied and fantastically produced. It was recorded at Jimmy Hendrix‘s Electric Lady Studios, and mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst.


The band will also be hitting the road straight away, starting in Belgium on March 13, before hitting London for a three-day stint at the Roundhouse later that month. The band will travel to Japan and across Europe in this leg of their ‘To Believe’ tour. Tickets go on sale tomorrow; you can check out the dates below:

13th March – AB – Brussels – Belgium
15th March – Philharmonie – Luxembourg
16th March – Paradiso – Amsterdam – Netherlands
18th March – Casino de Paris – Paris – France
20th March  – Roundhouse – London – UK
21st March – Roundhouse – London – UK
22nd March – Roundhouse – London – UK
25th March – Vicar Street – Dublin – Ireland
26th March – Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow – UK
27th March – Sage Gateshead – Newcastle – UK
29th March – O2 Institute – Birmingham – UK

30th March – Manchester Academy – UK
18th April – Sankei Hall Breeze – Osaka – Japan
19th April – Hitomi Memorial Hall – Tokyo Japan
17th May – A2- Wroclaw – Poland
18th May – Studio – Krakow – Poland
19th May Stary Manez – Gdansk – Poland
20th May – Palladium – Warsaw – Poland
21st May – Sala Ziemi – Poznan – Poland
23rd May – Astra – Berlin – Germany
24th May – Music Hall – Cologne – Germany
26th May – Les Docks – Lausanne – Switzerland

Be sure to follow The Cinematic Orchestra on Facebook to keep up with any news regarding their new record To Believe.

Pete Overell

Pete Overell

“Talent has always been the sexiest thing to me."

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