Singer-songwriter Solange Knowles’ latest body of work, When I Get Home and accompanying short film is a visual masterpiece, which should not be described, but merely experienced, yet I’ll try my best to articulate the beauty of Solange’s pictorial expression.
On Friday, March 1st, the singer teased her forthcoming work on Twitter with the caption
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) March 1, 2019
Soon after, fans were gifted an Apple Music exclusive, When I Get Home, a short
The 33-minute film features Black excellence through cinematography, choreography and artistic expression, set to the sounds of Solange’s fourth studio album.
Solange, a singer, actor, and director is no stranger to the big screen. With a career already spanning nearly two decades, the 32-year-old artist has amassed the catalog of a Black national treasure to be protected at all costs.
When I Get Home, the follow-up to her 2016 album Seat At The Table, is fluid in emotions of a child growing up in Houston’s Third Ward.
Every song is co-produced by Solange, next to the likes of producers Standing in the Corner, Pharrell Williams and Metro Boomin, sonically, fusing jazz, hip-hop, new-age Trap, and psychedelic soul. The album and visuals are unapologetically experimental bathed in Solange’s creativity.
Narrated by a number of African-American women, the album finds the artistic genius delivering an ode to Houston’s rap scene, as only Solange could.
No other artist has the creative capacity to combine the ladies of Crime Mob to the Texas culture of DJ Screw. A woman who is not afraid to express her freedom still graces the screen with the presence of an African Queen. Rewriting Black history through gold grills, Black skin tones, the beauty of Black hair and the uniqueness of Black cowboys while horseback riding, but still blending the futuristic presence of DeLorean sports cars.
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) March 8, 2019
From the opening scenes of “Things I Imagined” to the closing sequence of “I’m a Witness,” the film is another gracefully step out of her sister’s gigantic shadow.
A woman who is comfortable in her skin and in her sound presented an album echoing in Houston rap cadences with the rawness of neo-soul.
Through her music and cinematic superlatives, the young woman, who was probably best known for karate kicking her brother-in-law in an elevator, has made those days an afterthought.
Don’t watch Solange’s When I Get Home visual hoping to understand it. It’s a Texas thing. Simply watch her video and accept it for what the art is. A visual Mona Lisa influenced by rap legend DJ Screw and Houston, TX. A place Solange Knowles is proud to call home.