Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Quantic issues Western Transient recording in a fancy package

Quantic presents The Western Transient: A New Constellation is out July 31. Ondatrópica hits T.O. July 13. 

Quantic Presents The Western Transient is the latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, bringing together a handpicked band of some of his favourite musicians – namely Todd Simon (trumpet, flugelhorn), Wilson Viveros (drums), Sylvester Onyejiaka (flute, tenor saxophone),  Brandon Coleman (piano, Moog), Gabe Boel (bass), Alan Lightner (steel pans, percussion) – to record a set of new compositions in Los Angeles paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. The resulting album, A New Constellation finds Holland following up his disappointingly over-egged solo album, Magnetica, with a suite of traditionally recorded pieces that capture the spontaneous beauty in making music with serious musicians playing real instruments.

“A transient is a burst of energy that hits and falls off, leaving nothing behind. It is temporary, momentary in its action, like an ink drop on a page that fades almost as soon as it’s dry,” offers Holland in a philosophical moment. “Music is a muddle of transients or rather, a meeting place for them, where the short lived can become eternal.”

The vinyl version of A New Constellation comes housed in a deluxe handmade hardback gatefold sleeve designed by Steven Serrato with photographs taken by B+ (see video clip below).

In other Will Holland news, his Colombian's cumbia crew Ondatrópica will be performing as part of Toronto's Panamania festival at Nathan Phillips Square on July 13. If you'd like to contribute to the recording of Ondatrópica Vol. 2, check out their crowd funding campaign right here.

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