I fell deeply in love with The Cinematic Orchestra some years ago when I first heard their superb album Every Day. Unfortunately, they haven’t released an album of new material since 2007′s Ma Fleur–itself a departure from the Nu-Jazz roots that made the group so compelling in the first place. Thankfully, the group has kept busy primarily as a means to score films old and new, adopting in full idea their name, which was originally a little perplexing. They’ve re-purposed some of their older tracks to serve as a musical setting for the landmark silent film The Man With the Movie Camera as well as a recent Disney nature documentary on Flamingos.
What’s here, though, is a little different. There aren’t many strong overtures of their previous work and instead, “Manhatta” is as gorgeous as the film for which it was made, complimenting the stark city scenes perfectly. It’s a bit long at 11 minutes, but well worth a watch. It may even move you.