10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Produced by her husband Nolan Weekes, former Floetry front-woman Natalie Stewart’s sophomore studio album under The Floacist moniker finds her singing more confidently and assertively. But there are also traces of bitterness laced in her lyrics that take aim at Marsha Ambrosius (who left Floetry to go solo in 2007). Add to that an album title that hints at taking back (or “rebirthing”) Floetry, and there’s a palpable tension eminent when Stewart sings, "Where you wanna be/ It's not for me...I just can't sell my soul" in the slow-burning standout jam “Soul.” But don’t think that all of Floetry Re:Birth is riddled with resentment. The opening cut “Start Again” is a radiant tune that drips golden R&B honey over a simmering groove with ample help from guest singer Raheem DeVaughn. And the following “Children Of The Sun” contrasts complex drum patterns with languid soul. Stewart’s more seductive side surfaces throughout Floetry Re:Birth, especially in the mellow reggae rhythms of “This Love” where her breathy coos are sure to garner a few Sade comparisons.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Produced by her husband Nolan Weekes, former Floetry front-woman Natalie Stewart’s sophomore studio album under The Floacist moniker finds her singing more confidently and assertively. But there are also traces of bitterness laced in her lyrics that take aim at Marsha Ambrosius (who left Floetry to go solo in 2007). Add to that an album title that hints at taking back (or “rebirthing”) Floetry, and there’s a palpable tension eminent when Stewart sings, "Where you wanna be/ It's not for me...I just can't sell my soul" in the slow-burning standout jam “Soul.” But don’t think that all of Floetry Re:Birth is riddled with resentment. The opening cut “Start Again” is a radiant tune that drips golden R&B honey over a simmering groove with ample help from guest singer Raheem DeVaughn. And the following “Children Of The Sun” contrasts complex drum patterns with languid soul. Stewart’s more seductive side surfaces throughout Floetry Re:Birth, especially in the mellow reggae rhythms of “This Love” where her breathy coos are sure to garner a few Sade comparisons.

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About The Floacist

After the 2007 split of R&B duo Floetry, spoken word artist and whisper-voiced vocalist Natalie Stewart -- aka the Floacist -- made a handful of guest appearances on recordings by other musicians, including Brian Culbertson's XII. She signed as a solo artist to the Shanachie label, which released her debut album, Floetic Soul, in November 2010. Dominated by seductive ballads featuring Stewart’s trademark breathy whispers, she benefited from collaborations with Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn, and Lalah Hathaway, along with production input from J.R. Hutson, Know-I, and Chris "Big Dog" Davis. It scraped the Billboard 200 with a debut at number 195 and reached the Top 20 of the R&B albums chart. Almost exactly two years later, she released Floetry Re:Birth -- produced by her husband, Nolan Weekes -- for the same label. It topped out at number 51, R&B. Supported once again by Davis, among others, Stewart returned with Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid in March 2014. ~ Andy Kellman

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