Solange Deconstructs “Cranes In The Sky” On Song Exploder

Carl Williott | January 16, 2017 10:17 am

In her recent Interview cover story chat with her sister BeyoncéSolange gave some insight into the headspace that led to “Cranes In The Sky.” But now she fully breaks down the musical and lyrical elements that make up the A Seat At The Table single in the latest episode of the Song Exploder podcast.

The singer says the first seeds of the song emerged in 2008 with Raphael Saadiq, and grew from some loose instrumentals he sent her. She then tells the story of those first four lines coming to her immediately, and how the rest of the song was built out with imagery inspired by the housing crisis and recession. Oh, and she tried to record the vocals in a roach-infested house in Jamaica but eventually had to switch to New Orleans.

Hear Solange explain how she took all those stressors to make a song that’s actually meditative for her.