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Cinematic Orchestra: Every Day

The Cinematic Orchestra’s Every Day could be the perfect score for an edgy post-9/11 film noir. Jason Swinscoe and Phil France compose dank, foreboding songs where drums, acoustic bass, harp and Fender Rhodes intermingle with electronica loops and subtle turntablism, resulting in nightmarish, hallucinogenic soundscapes.

Since there is no actual movie to accommodate Every Day, the music suffers from being too cinematic; there’s too little melodic ingenuity and rhythmic variation. As enthralling as the rough-hewn ambiances are, musical plots, narratives or characters seldom emerge. The suspense is created, but there’s no release, making a lot of the material sound like nothing more than spooky mood music.

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