Quantic - Painting Silhouettes (Digital Single, Tru Thoughts, 2015)
Quantic - Painting Silhouettes
(Digital Single) Tru Thoughts TRUDD129, 2015-02-02
01. Painting Silhouettes 3:28
02. Duvido feat. Pongo Love (Shigeto Remix) 4:35
03. Painting Silhouettes (Instrumental) 3:21
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Press Release :
Out 2nd February, "Painting Silhouettes" is the fourth official single from Quantic's "Magnetica" album, which came out in May to acclaim across the board for its diverse and thrilling combination of sounds from around the globe, all tied together by the impeccable production of Will "Quantic" Holland. The digital release also brings a brand new Shigeto Remix of previous much-loved single "Duvido" feat. Pongo Love.
"Painting Silhouettes" reveals a side of the album that has not yet been pushed to the fore; indeed, it shows a side of Quantic as an artist that has never before been spotlighted. Following much curiosity surrounding the identity of the singer, to the delight of audiences the world over the mystery unravelled over the course of this year on his ‘Magnetica' live tour dates, when Holland stepped up to the vocal mic to reveal that he himself had taken on the role of lead vocalist for the first time.
"Painting Silhouettes" is in many ways Holland's most deeply personal song to date. In addition to stepping out as a singer, on this album Holland for the first time played the banjo left to him by his late father, an accomplished folk musician; his father had in fact played it on a Quantic track a decade ago ("So Long", from the ‘Mishaps Happening' album), but Holland had not yet picked it up. "The time felt right", he explains, "to experiment with getting back involved with these English sounds, the music of my parents and my sisters; having been exploring so much from African and Latin American music, it was nice to bring something back into it that was a bit more homegrown". His array of multicultural influences - from Angola, Jamaica, Colombia and beyond – was all the more immersive when channelled into ‘Magnetica' alongside Holland's exploration of the English folk music of his own upbringing.
But just as Quantic is not best known for being a folk singer-songwriter, "Painting Silhouettes" is not the average folk ditty; probably best aligned with the sound of Nick Mulvey, another worldly sonic weaver, it takes the listener on a multi-layered and luminous trip. "It came together in Bogotá, late at night, over a few months", says Holland. "I knew it would be emotional, with a lot of different thematic threads, different arpeggios - a lush arrangement. I wasn't sure how it would end up, though, and I imagined it going somewhere with a lot more beats and electronics. But in the end I didn't even put bass on the track, because I was happy with it."
Never one to neglect the tropical bass lovers, however, on this single Quantic also unveils "Duvido feat. Pongo Love (Shigeto Remix)", which sees the Ghostly International-signed producer and drummer Shigeto reworking Quantic's early 2014 dancefloor-rocking single into a deep, late night cut. Pitching down the original Angolan-Portuguese vocals of Pongo Love, heightening the bass and polyrhythmic percussion and weaving in a mass of ethereal chimes makes for an enthralling, slow building and ultimately thunderous club tune.
Each single release from ‘Magnetica' isolates and illuminates another of the many adventures behind the thrilling LP. ‘Magnetica' has seen Quantic lauded more loudly than ever for his trailblazing work, from major features in The Guardian and elsewhere to heavy radio presence, including his own 6Mix show in the BBC 6Music Celebrates Latin America series and a live NPR session which the station named in its ‘favourite sessions' list. Lauded as a highlight of SXSW 2014 in the festival's official publicity, Quantic returns to Austin in 2015; he also headlines Tru Thoughts @The Forum, London, on 7th February, with more live and recorded outings to be announced in the New Year.