Last year Solange showed that she certainly deserves attention beyond being the younger sister of pop megastar Beyoncé. Losing You was one of 2012’s best singles according to us at the Øya office, and Solange’s EP True has also been on heavy rotation since it was released a few months ago. The new album, with contributions from Pharrell Williams (NERD/The Neptunes) and Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion/Blood Orange), will be out in 2013.
About Solange’s work with Hynes The Guardian recently wrote:
– Hynes has helped Solange find a distinctive sound: bittersweet, 80s-influenced soul, redolent at various points of Compass Point studios, early Madonna and even the spooky MOR of the Cars’ Drive.
Solange’s second album, Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams (2008), showed her potential as an artist on songs like I Decided, T.O.N.Y. and Sandcastle Disco. True EP was released digitally before Christmas and on CD and vinyl a short time ago. True gave some hints about what we can expect from the next release. NME was delighted and wrote:
– Friends, meet Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s sister and the definition of pop perfection. The 26-year-old is not a hit-making pop star, but an antidote to pop homogenisation; something that sounds different to everything on the radio, but could still be on the radio. On that front, ‘True’ delivers.
In the last few years, she has been working with Dirty Projectors, Of Montreal, Grizzly Bear, Chromeo, Theophilus London and Twin Shadow. Solange’s pop songs can be danceable, but still have a dark side. She is going to reach a much larger audience in 2013. We look forward to seeing her at Øya, and know that many are going to be captivated.
photo: Elias Tahan