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Following such recent biting hits as "Better," on Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey the bitterness has healed and the cynicism that characterized some of the band's dark musical humor has yielded to brighter tones, groovier rhythms, and plenty of fun -- though rather than coming from Phonte's pen and impeccable comedic timing, that spiritedness comes more from the music on boogie-woogie disco cuts like "Work It To The Top" and percussive ballroom grooves like "Body." Lyrically, there's more grace present on ballads like "Truce" and the introspection tends to point the finger inward rather than outward on "Face in the Reflection." Even an interlude like the synthy piano ballad of "Sevenths and Ninths" is the sweetest of love letters. These are welcome shadings to the band's catalog, expanding the kaleidoscope of human expressions +FE comments on and explores.
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The Foreign Exchange introduces its own Song of Solomon: 'Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey' (via Washington Post)
When he was growing up, he detested the mandatory trips to his grandmother's baptist church, so he joined the choir just to make the ordeal more palatable. At least from the choir stand there was an added element of entertainment. Stationed behind the preacher, young Phonte could gaze upon the flock and see who was fanning themselves, who was trying not to fall asleep and who was struggling to stay on beat.
"For me it was very much a training ground in some ways," Phonte said. "I honestly wish I would have took it more seriously at that time. A lot of my singing and vocal arrangements, it was really just self-taught in a lot of ways. Had I been paying more attention in choir practice and not just f--ing around ... I'm sure I missed out on a lot of crucial lessons that would have served me better in the end."
Now that he's an adult, Phonte still doesn't care much for church. He'll go -- reluctantly. But he also admits that maybe he's missing something.
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by +FE on August 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM ·
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Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey is a delightful collection of sophisticated R&B and electronic dance, tied directly to the era of Morris Day funk grooves and Teddy Riley's New Jack Swing. As it plays, Phonte, Nicolay, keyboardist Zo!, and vocalists Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden recall the storied Minneapolis funk sound while staying true to their own established blend of Eurocentric electro-soul. In a way, Milk and Honey feels like a concept record: The press photos resemble a parody of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and the title track evokes Sergio Mendes' brand of airy Brazilian jazz. The lyrics pull from Stevie Wonder's songbook of imagined utopias and peaceful horizons. Then suddenly, on "Work It to the Top", Phonte sings in a nasal tone that channels groups like Ready for the World and Cameo over a vintage, computerized-R&B stomp.
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"Asking For A Friend" is the first single taken from The Foreign Exchange's upcoming album, Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey. The full single bundle is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and available for streaming on SoundCloud and Spotify now and includes "Asking For A Friend" as well as non-album B-Side "On A Day Like Today (Re-Edit)". Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey drops 8/21/15 on +FE Music and is available for pre-order now.
"THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE - ASKING FOR A FRIEND / ON A DAY LIKE TODAY (RE-EDIT)" LISTEN
"Asking For A Friend" (P. Coleman, M. Rook, L. Ferguson, C. Rodgers)
Lead vocals: Phonte
Background vocals: Tamisha Waden, Carmen Rodgers, Phonte, Pirahnahead, and Diviniti
All instruments: Nicolay and Zo!
Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC and Zo! for Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music, LLC
"On A Day Like Today (Re-Edit)" (P. Coleman, M. Rook)
Lead vocals: Phonte
Background vocals: Phonte and Shana Tucker
All instruments: Nicolay
Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC