Sweeter than - Page 2

Phonte and Nicolay of the Foreign Exchange are smooth and soulful — but that doesn't mean soft
|
(0)

Despite modest publicity via a few respectful online reviews and banner ads on indie-soul friendly networks like Fusicology.com, Phonte says "the demand for it has been high." It has sold nearly 20,000 copies, solid numbers for a solid indie release.

This unusual (albeit increasingly common) approach to issuing Leave It All Behind has only enhanced its intrinsic preciousness. For all its depth, the Foreign Exchange's music is very slick and clean. One of Nicolay's inspirations is Coldplay, which has reduced U2 arena rock theatrics to a hard science. Yet Nicolay's music isn't as cold; it burns with intensity. People who listen to Leave It All Behind without someone to hold them may feel weird and self-conscious.

Neither Phonte nor Nicolay can explain why they're drawn to such lush soul. But they won't apologize for it, either. "It seems to be a recurring theme throughout my career," Phonte says. "Those positive vibrations ... it just makes me feel good."

THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Sat/12, 11:55 p.m., $25–$28 (standing room only)

Yoshi's San Francisco

1330 Fillmore, SF

(415) 655-5600

www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco

Also from this author

  • Thank you later

    YEAR IN MUSIC: This year, hip-hop experienced a major renaissance — and underground troubles

  • 45 sessions

    With a little help from Finland, Myron & E bring sweet Bay Area soul to the vinyl grooves

  • Don't stop this crazy thing

    Ninja Tune XX traces Coldcut's path through decades of sampledelia

  • Also in this section

  • Stalin: Darkness Visible

    With his new album, Bay Area boss J.Stalin shines a light on Bay Area rap — and his own 12-year career

  • Spring chickens

    'Tis the season for new releases, featuring a bumper crop of Bay Area bands. Plus, an identity crisis: Bay Area surf-mariachi-punks bAd bAd defend their honor against LA electro-pop kids badbad

  • Love rumbles

    Who is Charlie Megira? A Berlin rebel with a Bay Area connection