Review: Love in Flying Colors x The Foreign Exchange

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Hear This, R&B, Review, Soul
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R&B and Soul are two of my favorite genres of music.  Emotional, vulnerable, honest, danceable and inspiring, a good R&B album will make you feel a connection to each track.  A great R&B album will serve as a soundtrack to your love life’s most pivotal experiences.  The new album from The Foreign Exchange will tell the story of your love in many hues.

Love In Flying Colors is the fourth album from the duo composed of front man/singer/rapper Phonte and producer Nicolay.  If you’re familiar with FE, then you’re well aware of the magic these two (along with other talents of the FE imprint) have conjured up since their inception.  I still find myself in awe over their introduction to each other and just how transforming music in the Internet Age can be.  The two have created an intense platform for independent artists and continue to demonstrate an organic connectedness to their listeners and supporters.  This new album is no exception.

Mostly written and produced by Phonte and Nicolay, LIFC is a quick paced, lively journey through a myriad of natural emotions.  The pursuit, the courtship, the new love, the betrayal, the heartbreak, the reconciliation, the ever after.  We’ve all felt them and LIFC sums up those sentiments with 45 minutes of sonic delight.

On their first single, “Call It Home,” Phonte sings of the love and war, the potential breakdown and the cyclical dynamics of romantic relationships. “I’m so lost when I’m away/I tried so long to find a place/So I say/Let’s just call it home/Cause that’s wherever you are.”  That’s just some sexy writing, right there.  Then there are joints like “When I Feel Love,” which incorporates Nicolay’s electro-soul production, a harmonious string section and some serious romance throughout.  Oh, and “Better” is so funky with that trumpet playing so smooth, you almost don’t realize it’s a song of dissolution.

Guest appearances from FE Music members and friends Carmen Rodgers, Jeanne Jolly, Gwen Bunn, Eric Roberson, Sy Smith and others, tie the stories together and provide varying perspectives.

If you’re in love, or out of love, or yearning for love, LIFC will be the words and sounds to mimic what your heart can’t say.  It’s what true R&B music has always done: made us feel.

Cop the album here!

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