Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra, Voices and Choices

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Voices and Choices

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra is, mostly, the work of Shawn Lee — the talented multi-instrumentalist known for his work in compiling the Planet of the Breaks series and creating music (more than 100 hours of it) for the video game Bully. Lee's interest with the Voices and Choices album was to create a collection of tracks that sounded like library music (i.e. the things you hear soundtracking car chases, love montages, and the like). He's succeeded brilliantly. “Kiss the Sky,” tastefully sung by label mate Nino Moschella, wouldn't be out of place playing during the opening credits to a Connery-era Bond film, while “Francoise Hardy” sees Pierre D mining the spirit of Gainsbourg at his funkiest. In fact, when considering the state of some of today's turgid scores, you might be better off turning movies on mute and giving Voices and Choices a chance. (I hear it syncs well with Wizard of Oz, for one.)