No one makes music like THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA. Their blend of soul, jazz, beats & widescreen arrangements is beloved the world over. 'Ma Fleur' is the first full studio album by Jason Swinscoe's ensemble since 2002's 'Everyday' (which sold more than 100,000 worldwide). The record was written as the soundtrack to an imagined film (that may well get made). He collaborated on his ideas for this new album with two writers, who came back with short story scripts in which each scene represented a story of a different time in life, expressing the emotions which underpin the journey from birth to death. Swinscoe, now based in New York, then filled out the arrangements with the band and then recruited suitable vocalists. The remarkable FONTELLA BASS, the woman behind the legendary soul number "Rescue Me", had worked on 'Everyday' and was an obvious choice to voice the parts of the elderly protagonist that Swinscoe envisaged. Mercury-nominated LOU RHODES (formerly of LAMB) is not only a fantastic singer but a young mother, and so perfect for the "mid-life" singer. The as-yet unheralded PATRICK WATSON (who is starting to get constant comparisons to ANTONY), a remarkable vocalist from Montreal, became the youngest of the trio. As a final part of the process, renowned New York photographer MAYA HAYUK was commissioned to take 11 pictures to represent each of the scenes/tracks.