To Build a Home

The Cinematic Orchestra, Ólafur Arnalds

About To Build a Home

"To Build a Home" is a song by English electronic music group The Cinematic Orchestra, with vocals and piano performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson. It was released as the second single from the group's third studio album, Ma Fleur (2007), on 29 October 2007. In 2015, the song peaked at number 96 on the French Singles Chart.

There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust
This is a place where I don't feel alone

The Cinematic Orchestra

The Cinematic Orchestra is a British jazz and electronic outfit, created in 1999 by Jason Swinscoe. The band is signed to independent record label Ninja Tune. In addition to Swinscoe, the band includes former DJ Food member PC (Patrick Carpenter) on turntables, Luke Flowers (drums), Tom Chant (Saxophone), Nick Ramm (piano), Stuart McCallum (guitar) and Phil France (double bass). Former members include Jamie Coleman (trumpet), T. Daniel Howard (drums), Federico Ughi (drums), Alex James (piano), and Clean Sadness (synthesizer, programming). The most recent addition to the band is Mancunian guitarist Stuart McCallum. more »

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Written by: Jason Angus Stoddart Swinscoe, Patrick Watson, Philip Jonathan France, Stella Page

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"To Build a Home" was released in November 2007 as part of The Cinematic Orchestra's third studio album titled "Ma Fleur" under the independent record label, Ninja Tune.
Although The Cinematic Orchestra is primarily an instrumental band, they collaborated with Patrick Watson, a Canadian singer-songwriter, who provided the striking vocals for this song.
The song has been broadly sampled numerous times in various media, including movies like "The Tree of Life" and "Beatriz at Dinner," TV shows such as "Grey's Anatomy," "Orange is the New Black," and "This Is Us," and in commercials and trailers.
The album "Ma Fleur" was inspired by the concept of change and transition. "To Build a Home" is a poignant representation of this concept, portraying a man building a home for himself and his love, only to lose everything eventually.
The lyrics of the song depict the impermanence and fragility of life and love. It explores themes of love, loss, and nostalgia, effectively evoking feelings of sadness and longing in its listeners.
"To Build A Home" is arguably the most popular song by The Cinematic Orchestra. Despite not charting significantly, its emotional depth and the band's unique blend of electronic and orchestral music have been critically acclaimed.
The official video of "To Build a Home" is a silent narrative that visually supplements the song's themes of love and loss. It tells the story of an elderly man revisiting his old, now vacant home and recounting the memories of his late wife.
The song's live performances often feature a full orchestra and choir, highlighting the band's blend of cinematic and orchestral soundscapes.
At seven minutes and forty-nine seconds, "To Build A Home" is one of the longest tracks on the "Ma Fleur" album.
"To Build A Home" is characterized by its minimalist piano, atmospheric orchestral arrangement, and soulful, heartfelt vocals.

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