Last week, Solange surprised the world with the announcement of her long-awaited new album A Seat at the Table, the long, long-gestating follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 EP True. The album arrived shortly after on Friday morning, filling the giant hole in our hearts dedicated to smooth, retro-sounding R&B pop. But this week she has proven that creating lushly detailed music videos is a talent that doesn’t belong exclusively to her big sister Beyoncé, as she has just dropped two new visuals for cuts from the album.
The first of these videos is for “Cranes in the Sky” which you can watch below. It is one of the more meditative tracks on the album, and the video depicts this aspect with numerous shots of the singer contemplating in gorgeously symmetrical environments, feeling like something out of a slightly more socially-conscious Wes Anderson movie.
The second visual is for “Don’t Touch My Hair,” one of the more overtly political songs on an album that is already substantially political. The song’s chorus addresses the fetishization of black culture by outsiders and is wrought in the video with incredibly moving shots of an enormous cast of extras. She even gets an assist from singer Sampha, who dances with her through the streets. Watch that video below:
Solange’s new album A Seat at the Table is out now. Stream it below via Spotify:
In other music video news, Jhené Aiko takes the rapper Gallant and literally burns him alive in their new visual for “Skipping Stones.” Watch it in all its fiery glory right here.
By Jake Boyer