Fyo͞oɡ – Temp’rall Sho’gazing (Album)

Kaitlin Ruether, 2 years ago
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Whether they’re covering a classic or offering their own composition: there is no doubt of /fyo͞og/’s originality and uniqueness.

This dynamic duo brings jazz, soul, and blues together and underscore it with experimentation for an album that pushes the boundaries of genre. Hailing from New Orleans, writer-dancer-teacher and musician Katarina Boudreaux, and experimental music community builder Sam Tepper met when he walked in on a gig she was playing and they developed a musical kinship. Temp’rall Sho’gazing is a testament to this. 

The record opens with “Better”, a funky electronic jam that beeps jazzily along in an addictive way. /fyo͞og/’s voice glides slickly up and down, which becomes a staple of the record as a whole. She also shines on “St. Louis Blues”, in which she feels fully in character as a smoky songstress. In fact, moving through time and into nostalgic atmospheres in something that band name excels at. 

If “St. Louis Blues” is a smoke-filled saloon, “Blues After Hours” is old school blues and “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” sways more experimental to create a sonic space of tension. “Nibble” and “T’ain’t Nobody’s Business” are danceable measures, playing with tempo and mood.

/fyo͞og/ create measured chaos — a full-fledged genre ride that keeps you on your toes: either with anticipation or in full-on dance swing. Temp’rall Sho’gazing was released on June 26th, and you can find more from /fyo͞og/ on their website, Spotify, and Facebook page.

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