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Olesi: Fragments of an Earth

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New Orleans
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Melanin
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Wrong Way
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Feet
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Frames
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Lovelight
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Radio WNK
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Because
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Speakervision
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Wheels
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Birds
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Amnrh [Interlude]
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West Coast Recycler
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Boom
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Patience
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Blackman
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Leroy
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Nowadayze
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Skaw De Beast
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Epilogue
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Blackman [Reprise]
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 21   Total Length: 47:21

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J. Edward Keyes

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Joe Keyes writes about music.

04.22.11
Georgia Anne Muldrow, Olesi: Fragments of an Earth
Label: Stones Throw

After the dual triumphs of Dudley Perkins and Aloe Blacc, Stones Throw continue their expansion into neo-R&B with the full-length debut from Georgia Anne Muldrow. More than merely a pastiche or piece of self-conscious nostalgia, Olesi is a wholly original psychedelic masterpiece, the kind of record that Betty Davis and Eugene McDaniels were making during the twilight of the 1960s. The songs are insistently free-form: Muldrow's raw, soulful voice floats free over… read more »

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Sounds Beautiful Like The Truth

mellomusicgroup

Georgia is making some of the most original and soulful music today.

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"Electric Relaxtion"

Chocletboi

very hypnotic,organic,yet so chic...

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I agree with the last poster...

J7243

The album does seem to lack direction, and I found it quite disappointing that there are only five tracks over three minutes long. It sounds like a collection of incomplete demos - if these were narrowed down to ten or twelve tracks, and each track was extended beyond three minutes, it would make a good album. She has a good voice, somewhere between Bjork and Lizz Fields, and a lot of potential. Right now I'd say my favourite track is Speakervision... shame it's only one and a half minutes long though!

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Ramblings and Experimentation?

daynine

this album seemed like fun studio experimentation. i think with a little more focus, the artist could produce something wonderful for her voice is beautiful, summoning the spirit of joan armatrading. the album concept as a whole was lacking. some songs were interesting at first but quickly, i lost interest. my most favorite tracks on the album were Patience and West Coast Recycler. everything else left something to be desired.

They Say All Music Guide

If nothing else, it can be asserted that Georgia Anne Muldrow is unconventional. To say only this would be to seriously undermine her talents, but the fact that Muldrow refuses to stick to modern (or past, for that matter) definitions of song structure and composition is probably the most conspicuous characteristic of her full-length debut, Olesi: Fragments of an Earth. The album is comprised of 21 tracks, most of which are well under the three-minute mark. This actually ends up working rather nicely, because Muldrow’s style — a kind of stream-of-consciousness, vaguely disjointed, meandering delivery that draws from modern creative jazz, spoken word, spirituals, and soul — can be hard to follow at times. This made her EP a little difficult (or at least tiring) to listen to, but here, with shorter songs, the repetitive phrasing, the atypical melodies, the sometimes dissonant grooves are all kept to a manageable level, so that they can be enjoyed and appreciated for what they are, which is a really, really good thing. Muldrow’s unlike anything to come out of neo-soul in years: innovative and introspective, questioning yet still confident in herself and her power to survive, with a strong bass (the instrument, in fact, around which the songs gather) and precise, almost cautious drums, the occasional keyboard chord or line coming in for added emotional emphasis. And while she mostly expounds on love or other abstractions, she isn’t afraid to make more overt political statements, like in “Patience,” in which she sings “Show me the way to go, they’re killing babies in the Bronx/Revolution’s what I want” over a dark, haunting bass and a bittersweet guitar. The depth in her songs — and there is depth — comes from not only the richness of her voice but in how she layers everything. Muldrow, who also produced Olesi, uses her voice as yet another instrument, from the a cappella of “Nowadayze” to the rapping of “Frames” to the passion that screams through as she sings about “water” in “New Orleans,” giving her music a lushness and intensity rarely found. But it’s her unwillingness to stay within what is “normally” done that makes her so refreshing, anyway, and that’s why we’re likely to listen to Olesi: Fragments of an Earth over and over again, hoping each time to understand a little better what she’s done. – Marisa Brown

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