Quantic Soul Orchestra, An Announcement to Answer

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

An Announcement to Answer

Quantic Soul Orchestra

The latest effort from Quantic main man Will Holland is his most ambitious and expansive yet, global in scope and vast in reach. For Announcement, Holland traveled the world, laptop in tow, pulling snippets from various world musics and merging them with American hip-hop, soul and funk. The result is a head-spinning, soul-shaking pan-global cornucopia, a full-color picture of what happens when styles (and cultures) collide. More than a mere "laptop record", Announcement feels unusually vibrant and organic. "Meet Me at the Pomegrate Tree" is full of gospel fire and heavy thunk, sewn up by sweeping soul strings; "Bomb in a Trumpet Factory" is aptly named, cockeyed explosions of brass occurring without cue and without warning. With its R&B mindset and traveller's yen, An Announcement to an Answer is the best of many, many worlds.