Foreign Exchange (Phonte & Nicolay) - Authenticity, CD
Foreign Exchange (Phonte & Nicolay) Authenticity on CD.
Picking up where their 2008 Grammy-nominated "Leave It All Behind" set left off, "Authenticity" is the group's most diverse work to date, with a tight, 11-track song cycle spanning the duo's trademark brand of lush electronic soul, to stripped down acoustic pieces that recall the heyday of 70's singer-songwriter driven folk.
Lead single "Maybe She'll Dream Of Me" is a playful, synth-driven hip-hop groove featuring a rapped verse from Phonte that evokes the band's "Connected" era, while the epic opener "The Last Fall" finds Phonte singing some of his most cynical lyrics to date ("Love is at worst an excuse/at best it's a truce...") over a frenzied Nicolay production jammed with layers of strings, guitars, and dense choral harmonies.
3. Eyes To The Sky
4. All Roads
5. Fight For Love
6. Maybe She'll Dream of Me
7. Don't Wait
8. Make Me A Fool
9. Everything Must Go
10. Laughing At Your Plans
11. This City Ain't The Same Without You