October 2nd: the day Solange Knowles broke the internet, popular culture, and our minds in general. She’s released her first two visuals from her already-critically acclaimed album A Seat at the Table.
Now, we’ve always known Solange to be artistic and experimental but in ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes in the Sky’, she takes the meaning of the word ‘aesthetic’ to a whole new level. Stunning backdrops, defiant poses, and jaw-dropping fashion pieces amalgamate into an impeccably crafted set of visuals. Bey, take note.
Beyond the initial aesthetic, though, a powerful statement is being told. It’s a narrative of freedom, strength, unity, and a celebration of black culture. “There is so much beauty in being black,” Solange’s mother Tina says in ‘Interlude: Tina Taught Me’. “It upsets me when we are not allowed to express that. Because you celebrate black culture doesn’t mean you don’t like white culture. It just means you are pro-black.”
It was harder than initially anticipated to pick a top 15, and even harder to order them, but we’ve come up with the top 15 visual moments from ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes in the Sky’. Prepare to be blown away. Check them out, as well as the two visual clips, in the gallery above. Also, do yourself a favour and take a look at Solange’s digital book, complete with lyrics and a photo journal, here. Solange, we bow to you, you queen.