Celebrating their first studio album in 12 years, this year’s phenomenal new effort To Believe, beloved and influential British genre-bending nu jazz and electronic outfit The Cinematic Orchestra are set to headline Nashville for what appears to the first time in many, many years tonight, Oct. 30 at Exit/In, with likeminded Brooklyn breakout Photay, and buzzy LA artist PBDY. Fans of genre-bending, worldly, electronic, and cinematic music will surely want to make this one a priority, and you can still get tickets right here while they last, then read on for more about the show!
THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA
Formed two decades ago in London by bandleader and creative mastermind Jason Swinscoe, who’d already found success throughout the ’90s with his prior punk and jazz project Crabladder, acclaimed and eclectic outfit The Cinematic Orchestra expanded on Swinscoe’s prior musical endeavors, combining elements of classic jazz and soul music, nu jazz, electronic, downtempo, and orchestral soundtracks, augmenting organic and experimental instrumentation with DJ elements, remixes, and electronic studio production. Met with swift early buzz, the band’s 1999 debut LP, Motion, proved to be a breakthrough effort, propelling them to prestige and broader opportunity (that same year they played a Director’s Guild Awards ceremony for Stanley Kubrick). Aptly (if not prophetically) named, The Cinematic Orchestra, who’ve always been rounded out by a revolving door of backing players and DJs, but whose formal lineup seems to primarily include Swinscoe and creative partner and producer Dominic Smith, have long been linked to film and television endeavors as well, commissioned early on to provide live accompaniment for a screening of 1929 silent film Man with a Movie Camera, a work they later toured on and turned into an album. The group’s textured, original, and cinematic sound has earned them placements on a plethora of film and TV projects as well, as also led to another soundtrack work, for 2009 Disneynature film The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos. Aside from those works, remixes, live albums, and collaborations, The Cinematic Orchestra have also produced three more LPs since their debut, 2002’s Every Day, 2007’s Ma Fleur, and this year’s triumphant comeback effort, To Believe, a substantive, collaborator filled, long-in-the-works, bicoastal effort that feels like a perfect update and evolution of the project for 2019. One of the most interesting and influential acts in the modern nu jazz scene, The Cinematic Orchestra’s live show must be witnessed in person to be fully appreciated, taking on a life of its own apart from their lush and critically lauded recorded catalogue. It’s not often they make it to Music City, so you seriously don’t want to miss this opportunity to see them in action!
Hailing from Woodstock, New York and currently based in Brooklyn, Photay is the musical alias of composer/drummer/DJ/producer Evan Shornstein. Introduced at a young age to the music of Aphex Twin, Shornstein’s musical journey was always adventurous and eclectic, but a trip to Guinea, West Africa, where he learned more about polyrhythmic percussion, formally inspired the Photay project, initially as a DIY effort. Like TCO, Photay blends the natural and synthetic, fusing worldly, genre-bending organic instrumentation with electronic, augmented, remixed, and synth-soaked tones, earning positive praise and landing television placements for some well-received early work. Landing a deal with Astro Nautico following his debut EP, Photay has become a staple of the indie electronic scene in recent years, touring with acts like Odesza, and earning critical acclaim for his excellent full-length debut, Onism, in 2017. If you’re a fan of The Cinematic Orchestra, you’ll surely appreciate Photay and vice-versa; don’t miss his set!
A longtime fixture of LA electronic label and influential scene Brainfeeder (also, notably the founder of his own indie label, TAR), and a regular cohort of artists like Flying Lotus, LA based DJ and producer PBDY regularly crafts mixtapes, remixes, teamups, and more with the experimental and genre-bending artists who circle the same orbit as the rest of the lineup. Also one half of moody, psych/rap project JP Moregun, along with Jeremiah Jae, PBDY made his solo debut last year on Brainfeeder’s Branfeeder X compilation, and a perfectly primed opener to get this show started right.
Cinematic Orchestra, Photay, and PBDY will perform tonight, Oct. 30 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $35.