solange releases two stunning videos from new album, a seat at the table
Cranes in the Sky and Don’t Touch My Hair are beautifully-shot and here to sooth your soul-searching self.
It's been three years since Solange Knowles released True, a seven tracker full of funk-laden pop songs that saw her tour with collaborator Dev Hynes and score praise across the board. Fast forward past the most stylish wedding and a whole lot of New Orleans dream life living and things are pretty damn optimum. Except, politically speaking, they're not. Which is why, in the current climate - particularly for black Americans - her record is incredibly welcome. Socio-politically motivated, it gives A Seat at the Table to those far too often disregarded, and invites the rest of the world to pull up a chair and take note.
Album opener Cranes in the Sky chronicles trying to drink, dance, work, sleep and read the pain away. Solange's gentle songbird vocals dance over a simple production as she dances across stunning landscapes; the styling jumps between floaty and metallic - mirroring the pairing of organic and architectural locations.
Meanwhile, the subject of Don't Touch My Hair is quite literally the uninvited hand. Her crown, her halo, her beautiful natural hair is hers. Full of Sampha, warm lighting and impressive dance moves, there's a church-like feel to the video, and we're more than down to worship the record. With both visuals directed by Solange herself in collaboration with her director husband Alan Ferguson, A Seat at the Table comes complete with an e-book of well-spaced lyrics and behind the scenes photos, plus features from the likes of Kelela, Moses Sumney, Lil Wayne and her parents. Meditate on that.
Text Frankie Dunn