Ok we really have to be frank, this has already become one of our favourite albums of the year and simply because we haven’t, just can’t, stop listening to ‘A Seat At The Table’. So forget any kind of unbiased writing here, we’re pretty much gushing about Solange round the clock right now.
Accompanying the sublime 21 track album and book, Solange has now revealed two videos, with an array of beautifully landscaped, choreographed, costumed and framed performances. Lending her hand at the creative direction for these two visual executions from ‘A Seat At the Table’ both ‘Cranes In the Sky’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ are a team effort with director and husband Alan Ferguson and co-art director Carlota Guerrero. Watch both videos below and take a look through the array of visual stills above.
Taking up Solange’s invitation for a seat at her table, the album has been launched with a series of conversations featured on Stereogum, her own platform Saint Heron and W magazine, where Solange revealed the process, inspirations and challenges in the conception and creation of ‘A Seat At the Table’. Writing and composing each song on her fourth album, Solange enlisted the talents of Raphael Saadiq as Executive Producer alongside a selected group of featured guests who are credited for their contributions.
Visually all-encompassing across the music, book, photography and videos for ‘A Seat At The Table’, Solange explores multiple facets of her identity steeped richly in a celebration of blackness. Channeling at it’s heart a message of self-empowerment, Solange’s journey is expressed with a sincerity that opens up both her vulnerabilities and personal complexities. A woman who’s surrendered herself to a journey of self-reflection, Solange’s expression throughout the album not only charts her own evolution as a black woman, mother and daughter but also questions her very own existence in a world where our sense of belonging is in question.
‘A Seat At The Table’ invites you to converse with each other, to ask where you’ve been in order to find out where you’re heading. It’s a brightly colourful yet deeply affected album, that has all the markers of a gifted musician who’s delivered herself to us in a world weary yet empathic voice.