CINERAMA BBC SESSION E.P. RELEASED
Hatch Records released a new 10" by Cinerama entitled Marc Riley Session on 16 February 2018.
This E.P. comprises four tracks recorded live for BBC Radio 6 Music at the legendary BBC studios in Maida Vale, London, on 14 July 2015.
On this occasion the band were augmented by a string section, a flautist and a trumpeter.
Cat Girl Tights
The Girl From The DDR
David Gedge says:
“2015 was a busy year for Cinerama. Since The Wedding Present is my ‘day job’, Cinerama activity is, unfortunately, usually restricted to an annual appearance at my At The Edge Of The Sea festival in Brighton. However, 2015 saw the release of Cinerama’s re-imagining and re-recording of The Wedding Present’s Valentina album and this led to an invitation from the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona. Primavera asked Cinerama to play at the festival accompanied by strings and other orchestration and that kind of inspired us to set a template for the rest of the year. I’d always hoped that Cinerama would some day play live augmented by a mini-orchestra, so to speak, and so, once this expanded line-up had been initiated, we went on to perform at the Islington Academy in London [a recording of which was later released as the Live 2015 album] and the BBC studios in Maida Vale for Marc Riley’s BBC Radio 6 Music show, the tracks from which are now featured on this E.P. What I adore about the augmented format is that there are so many levels to the sound... all those different instruments and voices combining to make this huge, lush noise. Over the years I’ve been doing Cinerama I’ve come to learn which instruments I prefer and how they fit together best. I love the glockenspiel and vibraphone on this session in particular but the flute and trumpet also sound really cool. Performing it all live on the radio is a completely different kettle of fish, of course. At that level it can be nerve-wracking, obviously, because there are absolutely no second chances! But, because of that tension I think you can often hear a different ‘feel’ in the playing.”