As mentioned last time, singer Femi hails from the Bay Area of San Francisco - Oakland. She's worked with Ledisi, Black Eyed Peas, and other artists.
Her 6 song EP Sweet Water Soul offers a smooth blend of musical influences. Femi's delicate voice is supported by capable arrangements touching Afro-Latin/Caribbean, salsa, rock, and R&B.
This is not a hook laden collection of songs, as the tunes venture into their own style and space.
Sweet Water Soul avoids the cookie-cutter approach to neo-soul, but attempts instead to discover new territory on it's maiden voyage.
Femi succeeds in creating a soulful 'singer - songwriter' statement which should be a good starting point from which to build even more inventive melodies.
In addition to several other players, Femi is featured on Fender Rhodes, piano, acoustic guitar, synth bass, synth organ, synth strings, cajon, percussion, kalimba, bell tree, rainstick, drum programming, and sequencing.
My favorite tracks are the airy "Pages," the rhythmic "If I Knew," and her funky production of "Crush."
Sweet Water Soul:
- "Sweet Water (Rezo)"
- "If I Knew"
- "I Want You"
Listen to 30 seconds of the melodic "Pages."