The Art of Cool Festival | Hayti Heritage Center performance schedule:
King | 7:30 - 8:30pm
THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE | 9:00 - 10:00pm
Amel Larrieux | 10:30 - 11:30pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Hayti Heritage Center
, 804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 683-1709
More photos of The Foreign Exchange's Love In Flying Colors album release concert at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh NC, this time courtesy of our good friend Chris Charles of Creative Silence.
The duo discuss their new album Love in Flying Colors.
In today's music climate, a lot of what we are being fed as listeners is a little formulaic. Somewhere in the median of music with substance and music that sells, artists have become somewhat jaded and more focused on being a household name for reasons other than music. The jaded behavior trickles down to consumers who aren't necessarily purchasing music in rapid numbers as a lot of what is dominating mainstream America is redundant, boring and unoriginal. This inconsistency and wavering with music today is ultimately the key to duo the Foreign Exchange's success.
The Foreign Exchange made up of Netherlands-based producer Nicolay and rapper/singer Phonte Coleman of Little Brother fame, have gained an eclectic and loyal following due to their willingness to walk into uncharted territories. With every release, listeners are introduced to a new facade of the Foreign Exchange and mature relationships. On Connected, fans witnessed the forming of relationships, with Leave It All Behind these relationships were honed. Authenticity focused on the demise, and their latest release, Love in Flying Colors, finds the duo in a happier place.
With the new LP, the duo along with their familiar band of characters: Zo!, Carlitta Durand, Eric Roberson, Jeanne Jolly and more, have created a mature effort full of House elements, and an overall more upbeat and cheerful vibe. We got a chance to speak with the duo about Love in Flying Colors, who they would like to collaborate with in the future, evolution, and Phonte's hilarious "If-Rappers-Were-TV-Shows" rant.
Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Take 5 Jazz Lounge
, 740 West Superior Ave. | Cleveland, OH | (216) 861-5299
As evidenced by its Love In Flying Colors title, the fourth studio album from The Foreign Exchange wears its heart on its sleeve. But such a determination would be possible even had the album been given the most generic of titles, as its music all by itself oozes unbridled joy. Lyrically, it also doesn't surprise that the collection's primary concerns revolve around love, in particular the joy of getting it and the challenge of holding on to it (consider the following from the opener "If I Knew Then" as representative of the tone: "Feels so good, love's flying high / You're beside me"), even if other related issues are also addressed (e.g., loneliness in "Listen To The Rain"). Though the album is primarily the brainchild of vocalist Phonte and multi-instrumentalist Nicolay, other +FE Music associates such as keyboardist Zo!, guitarist Chris Boerner, and singers Jeanne Jolly and Gwen Bunn make key contributions to the luscious ten-song set.
The Foreign Exchange have travelled a road most independent bands only dream of, from literally meeting through a foreign exchange on a message board to Grammy Awards and achieving longevity in an ever changing musical landscape. With the recent release of their 4th studio album, Love In Flying Colors, Kristie Nicolas had a chat with Phonte and Nicolay from the band to discus. Amongst other things, how "Love In Flying Colors" came together, their craziest tour story and what success means to them.