In the six years since Marsha Ambrosius, aka The Songstress, decided to leave British neo-Soul duo Floetry for a solo career, she's occasionally spoken publicly about the details of the split. But the other half of the duo, Natalie Stewart, aka The Floacist, has remained mute on the subject -- until now. Natalie, whose second post-Marsha album is due out in November, has recorded a song detailing her feelings about the Songstress leaving the group in 2007 to sign with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label. (Marsha lasted two years there before later signing with J Records and eventually releasing her solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in 2011.) On The Floacist's provocative new song, "Soul," she finally gives her perspective on Marsha's leaving the UK to chase mainstream success in the US: "Never saw myself rollin' with you, friend, Now you wanna go out on your own," she sings. "Well, where you wanna be, it's not for me, you'll have to go alone ... I just can't sell my soul there's no price on my soul." Harsh words yes, but the lyrics aren't delivered in a bitter or hateful manner; in fact, the Floacist's spoken-word style comes across very smooth, and even slightly delicate here. And in a statement accompanying the song, she even gives a little more insight into the track and its origins:
"I wanted to address the split, at the right time, in the correct medium," she explains. "It was important for me to comment truthfully on the main issue ... Marsha left Floetry, after so much joint success and foundation building, to join Aftermath Records, with no assurance of an album release. Ultimately, holding Floetry to ransom, to pursue a possibility of 'mainstream' success. This to me is the perfect example of someone selling out, or selling their soul."
Time may heal all wounds, but it looks like bad feelings die hard in Natalie Stewart's case. Anyway, "Soul" is expected to appear on the Floacist's next album, The Floacist Presents: Floetry Re:birth, which is being marketed as an official Floetry album, despite Marsha not being involved. The album's due out Nov. 13, 2012 via the Shanachie label, but "Soul" can be streamed via the link below.
- "Soul" audio stream (via soundcloud.com)