Georgia Anne Muldrow, ‘Umsindo’ (SomeOthaShip/E1)
No current musician can write an introspective spiritual like Georgia Anne Muldrow, and her influence on Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and many others proves she’s on the cusp of becoming a major artist. But she’s a maddening visionary, committed to free-form improvisational soul. The result is her latest in a series of messily revelatory releases. Inspired by African culture (umsindo means “sound” in Zulu), she meanders through keyboard funk and chatty, stream-of-consciousness lyrics, soaring on “Roses,” “So Far,” and “Kids,” but waxing self-indulgently on “Uhuru Flight.” Muldrow has the potential to deliver a memorable collection of songs, but here she’s too busy having a “Fonky Day” to get it together.