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What a stellar and unique way to market herself and her new album. She started with a multi-locale listening party for the music and film all around Houston, her hometown for her new album “When I Get Home”. A special event happened all across Houston’s Third Ward on March 3rd celebrating the album and film release at Shape Community Center- 9 different locations in all. The 3rd ward is special as it’s where she is from- her home- and where she created the album. Then she did an intimate interview with at Community Center where she talked openly and candidly about life, music, black cowboys, heartbreak, and her love of ‘home’ in Houston, with a few swear words mixed in. The night concluded with a reception at Okra Charity Saloon.
The album itself is soulful, and sexy, as you would expect with a joy she said she has worked hard on over the last couple years. She expressed her connection and desire to focus on black cowboys and joked about how growing up everyone thought she rode a horse to school because she’s from Texas! She told stories of going to church camp as a young girl and how usually it’s church kids that ‘get lit’. We don’t think it was a coincidence that she released this in Black History month. In an interview Solange said it was recorded in locations including New Orleans, Jamaica, and California’s Topanga Canyon. “There is a lot of jazz at the core,” she said of the album. “But with electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle.”
The album has a number of cool collaborations from Tyler, the Creator, Chassol, Playboi Carti, Standing on the Corner, Panda Bear, Devin the Dude, The-Dream, and more. It also features samples from Third Ward’s own Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, poet Pat Parker, and Scarface. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles has released an interdisciplinary performance art film for her new album When I Get Home via Saint Records / Columbia and Apple Music. The film is an exploration of origin, asking the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution. The artist returned to Third Ward Houston to answer this. The film is available exclusively via Apple Music today. Watch the film for When I Get Home here .
The film was directed and edited by Solange Knowles with contributing directors Alan Ferguson, Terence Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Ray Tintori. Additional work courtesy of Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt.
Solange once again shows us she is a true artist, not just a singer or musician, living in a shadow of big sister Beyonce. She is thoughtful, purposeful, and inspiring.
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