Solange Covers ‘T’ Magazine, Teases Imminent Release Of 4th LP
Solange graced the cover of the New York Times‘ style magazine, T, with a new photoshoot and details about her forthcoming album. The 32-year-old posed for Collier Schorr and delivered a simple but undeniably chic pictorial. In the accompanying feature with Ayana Mathis we learned more about the follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed A Seat At The Table. In particular, Mathis promised that “the album’s release is imminent this fall, probably sometime soon.” The “Cranes In The Sky” siren shared some information about the sonic direction she was exploring on the currently untitled body of work. “There is a lot of jazz at the core,” she explained. “But with electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle.” Mathis went on to describe it as “warm” and “fluid and more sensual than her last one.”
In an interview with Billboard earlier this year, the hitmaker said she had recorded in Laurel Canyon, Topanga Canyon and Jamaica. Today’s feature revealed that she is currently in the process of honing the tracks she has been working on over the last few years. “I like to be able to tell the story in 13 different ways, then I like to edit,” she said. In the past, this process has entailed cutting down lengthy tracks to the polished final product. Solange also opened up about finding her voice on A Seat At The Table. “I constantly called it my punk album because it was like, this is my time to shake things up and be loud,” she explained. Although we don’t have an official release date for the forthcoming album just yet, Solange candidly spoke about some anxiety circling its approaching unveiling.
“I have this fear living in my body about releasing work,” she said. “I don’t know any artist that doesn’t feel that before they hit the send button.” Scroll through a gallery of photos from the shoot up top and check out the rest of the feature here!
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A mononym is possessed of a certain celebrity: Prince, Madonna, Iman. #Solange. Two mellifluous syllables and her face springs to mind: the fierce, open gaze, those striking full eyebrows. Solange the singer, songwriter, choreographer, visual and performing artist, with four, soon to be five, albums to her name. Solange the 2017 Grammy winner: Best R&B Performance, “Cranes in the Sky.” Solange, who earlier that year performed for President Obama and the first lady at their final White House party. Solange, whose acclaimed 2016 album, “A Seat at the Table” yoked artistry to activism with its piercing inquiry into race and identity in America, with lyrics such as, “You got the right to be mad / But when you carry it alone, you find it only getting in the way.” Solange the culture maker, whose performance art, digital work and sculpture have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Menil Collection in Houston, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Tate Modern in London. Solange, named the Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year in 2018. The writer #AyanaMathis interviews #TGreatsIssue cover star Solange (@saintrecords), the polymathic cultural force, at the link in our bio. Photo by @collierschorrstudio, styled by @mr_carlos_nazario.