Vote Today In The 2020 Best Of San Antonio® Readers' Choice Poll!

FLO MOTION 

 
music-floetry_330jpg


CD   SPOTLIGHT
     ℵ
  A female duo of British expatriates currently based in Philadelphia, Floetry fits somewhere in the hip-hop/soul continuum between Philly soul sister Jill Scott and Miseducation-era Lauryn Hill. Like Scott, they're earthy, jazzed-up bohemians, and like Hill they approach their performances as sermons, infusing their songs with one-world cosmic consciousness and spiritual gratitude.



A schizophrenic followup to the duo's acclaimed 2002 debut, Floetic, the new Floacism "Live" opens with three new studio tracks and abruptly shifts into concert mode with 11 tracks recorded at the House of Blues in New Orleans (plus a supplemental live DVD). In theory, it reeks of pointless market filler, considering that the live tracks basically regurgitate Floetic.

FLOACISM "LIVE"

Floetry
(Dreamworks)
In practice, however, singer Marsha Ambrosius and "floacist" Natalie Stewart bring so much vibrancy to harmony-laden, gorgeous R&B gems like "Sunshine" and "Butterflies" (a song Ambrosius and Stewart wrote for Michael Jackson's 2001 CD Invincible) that all qualms quickly melt away. A particular highlight is "Opera," in which Ambrosius drops dazzling quotes from Carmen and puts them in a hip-hop context.

The three new tracks live up to this heady company, particularly the yearning soul lament, "Tell Me When." In a harder hip-hop vein, Floetry shares the mic with Mos Def on the propulsive opener "Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong).

Still better known as songwriters than performers, Ambrosius and Stewart wisely address that imbalance here, and set the stage for their next set of new material. •


San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

Jul 1, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation