The Foreign Exchange drop “Call It Home/Pity” – the first tracks to emerge from their forthcoming LP Love In Flying Colors, dropping on September 24th. The double single plays like two movements in the preview presented by Foreign Exchange Music. Phonte‘s vocal carries a mix of candor and sincerity that translates love without relying upon the standard issue template of flowery lyrics and overtly sexual references. “Call It Home” is backed by “Pity” – a track anchored in relentless rhythm that provides the perfect platform for a gorgeous combination of synths, effects and talk box adlibs that burst forth from an enveloping bass. Nicolay‘s stripped down chord work takes center stage toward the end of the track, drowning the ear in his infectious sound. The change removes the suspense they’ve built in order to lay the track bare, isolating the emotional gravity of the cut by removing the window dressing.
“Pity” is a serious work of art. People have done a lot of talking since Frank Ocean‘s arrival, batting around the suggestion that he might be the man to save r&b. He could, though the sentiment seems almost ironic when you consider that The Foreign Exchange may have already done it. Four LPs in, the duo has raised the bar with every release and delivered a consistent level of quality and sonic innovation that few outside of their circle are touching. From the sound of things the Love In Flying Colors LP promises to continue the tradition of dope. In the meantime, Phonte and Nicolay light a fire under fans with the limited release of “Pity”, which will not be included on the final project. The track is available in a single bundle ahead of the LP’s arrival. Listen to “Call It Home/Pity” from The Foreign Exchange below. Purchase the “Call It Home/Pity” single bundle via iTunes.