The Cinematic Orchestra finally really move into the group's moniker for this late model soundtrack to the classic avant garde silent film! We never would have pegged Dziga Vertov's 1929 film for a jazz-funk score, but CO mastermind Jason Swinscoe succeeds with aplomb! The score is performed with 10 pieces that include piano & keyboards, double bass, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, turntables and effects. It's full of rolling, densely layered passages that kind of settle into a jammy, live post drum & bass groove
, but still echoes a lot of the more interesting things that were happening on 70s soundtracks. It's centered around a great redux of the Art Ensemble's "Theme De Yoyo", and the whole thing waltzes in and out a lot of the things we love about both 70s jazz-funk soundtracks and modern groove
. A very strong piece – one that blends the Cinematic Orchestra vibe we already know and love with a sound similar the soundtrack work of people like Herbie Hancock, Gato Barbieri, and John Barry! 17 tracks including "The Projectionist", "Melody", "Evolution", "Work It!", "Odessa", "The Magician", "Drunken Theme" and more.