The Cinematic Orchestra @ El Rey Theatre 09/14/07
Last night the Cinematic Orchestra played to a sold out El Rey crowd of instrumental enthusiasts, like myself. If you haven't heard any of their music then you have no idea what you're missing out on. With nearly eight years under their belt, the UK based outfit, led by Jason Swinscoe, has produced some of the finest jazz infused electronica I've ever heard. However, seeing them live is a whole other experience.
The Cinematic Orchestra opened their powerful set with the extensive twelve minute "Burn Out". The crowd was comprised of mostly older jazz-appreciating folk, who probably heard the hype on KCRW the morning prior, and die-hards, who shouted "Evolutiooooon" every other song. However, they were one of the most responsive crowds I've come into contact with, when it comes to instrumental shows at least. People actually applauded at appropriate times, which is a rarity nowadays. You always get some asshole who's going to try and ruin the song for you by screaming at the top of his lungs during a short, tranquil moment. Well, not last night. Everything was in it's proper place, including the crowd response.