Sinematic draws upon Robertson’s heavy interest in and involvement with cinema over the years, including his creative relationship with Martin Scorsese.
More on the album’s context:
For his new album, Robertson drew inspiration from his recent film score writing and recording for director Martin Scorsese’s eagerly anticipated organized crime epic “The Irishman,” as well as the forthcoming feature documentary film, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” based on his 2016 New York Times bestselling memoir “Testimony.” The documentary will celebrate its world premiere on Thursday, September 5 as the Opening Night Gala Presentation for the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.
“I was working on music for ‘The Irishman’ and working on the documentary, and these things were bleeding into each other,” says Robertson of the impetus for Sinematic. “I could see a path. Ideas for songs about haunting and violent and beautiful things were swirling together like a movie. You follow that sound and it all starts to take shape right in front of your ears. At some point, I started referring to it as ‘Peckinpah Rock’,” a nod, Robertson says, to Sam Peckinpah, the late director of such violent Westerns as “The Wild Bunch.”
The album also features collaborations between Robertson and Van Morrison, on the track “I Hear You Paint Houses”:
Glen Hansard, on the John Lennon-tinged “Let Love Reign”:
And “Dead End Kid”:
Today, the full Sinematic album is out — listen to it below, via Spotify: