The Matinee Orchestra
"Matinee Orchestra is sound artist Andrew Hodson's first commercially available album and has been recorded in Spain, Twain, Scotland and England. No stranger to the music scene, Hodson has released two critically acclaimed albums with his ex-band 'Jumbo' and recorded two more arts based projects of his own. Coming across like a Mid-Western American barn dance with Olivia Tremor Control playing in the grain silo, Matinee Orchestra is a rich and sparkling listening experience with all the rewarding qualities of a classic novel. This is the sort of album which reveals itself over time after repeated listens and becomes impossible to forget. With layers of beautiful instrumentation punctuated with haunting vocals this is a dense record, employing the wall-of-sound pop production we so lovingly reminisce about. Matinee Orchestra is described by Hodson as a laptop album, but this is without a doubt no 'folk-tronica' cash-in. To group this album in with others in the genre would not be doing it the justice it clearly deserves. An epic journey, more in line with the soundtracks to lonely American films such as The Straight Story or The Hired Hand, Hodson has created a beautiful introspective but warming journey. Finally we are presented with a record which can sound childlike and innocent without ever becoming twee, and for that we should be thankful. The album features guest appearances from Peter and David Brewis of Field Music, members of the Kathryn Williams band, singer Caroline Thorp and Paul Smith of Maximo Park who for this project distanced himself from his mainstream agit-art-pop."