The Cinema – My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes
Record Label: None
Release Date: September 13, 2011
The Cinema is to Lydia as The Postal Service is to Death Cab For Cutie.
That analogy really says it all here. Leighton Antelman’s new project, The Cinema, places the acclaimed Lydia vocalist in a new spotlight, as he’s supported by jittery electronic beats. What results from this is a sound not unlike what The Postal Service was for Ben Gibbard; it’s different, but fantastic, nonetheless.
My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes presents a different side of Antelman than the sentimental man we knew in Lydia. The album is melody-ridden and driven by the bouncy electronic beats, resulting in a more pop-oriented, chorus-minded record.
The opening “Satellites” gives us the first lick of The Cinema. Laden with a thick beat, the track is incredibly memorable and will be stuck in your head after the first listen. On the other hand, the following “The Wolf” and single “Kill It” rely less on background effects, as Antelman really shines on each of these. At this point, it becomes clear that this record just downright fun and catchy, while still having the edge we all love Lydia for.
You’ll be singing “Say It Like You Mean It” all day, and the witty “Picasso” cuts with a sharp edge. Still, it’s not all upbeat and soaring here, as the sinister “She’s On My Arm Now” begins with the abrupt singing of “Money ate our problems” on what may be the darkest track on the record. The darkness is weaved into other tracks as well, with Antelman’s words of “All of those flashing lights / They couldn’t fix me like she could” echoed throughout the chilling “All The Lights.”
In the end, the swift production proves to the be backbone of the record, as tracks such as “Banker” prove the skill of programmer Matt Malpass, with the chorus wrapping perfectly around the electronic spine of the song. The final title track also dictates this skill more than ever. Being the softest song on the record, “My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes” allows the chemistry between Malpass behind the tech and Antelman behind the mic to truly surface. After Airplanes ends, the final track just about forces the pushing of repeat, as it’s nearly impossible to get off this flight. Living up to the hype and more, The Cinema truly escalates the talent of Leighton Antelman and Matt Malpass to a different level, leaving us all the more excited for the upcoming Lydia record as we remain on this flight.
This is so damn good, definitely in my top 5 for the year. Can't stop listening. Love Leighton's voice too. Agreed with the guy who said "Kinetic" is such a jam song.
Favourite by far is "Kill It" and "Banker"