hmv's Albums of 2014: Solange
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today we look at Solange, will she grace us with a new album in 2014?
A little background…
Before bursting into a division of the pop music scene sprinkled with a dosing of new-wave influences with her 2012 EP True, Solange Knowles released two studio albums, 2003's Solo Star and 2008's Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams. Although the latter received far more critical attention than her debut, it's widely accepted that this new EP is where she matured and really honed her very own style, a heartfelt and distinguished mix of soul, psychedelic, electronica and R&B.
As of yet, details surrounding the new release remain unclear in some aspects, but one thing's certain: this record is set to host some immensely exciting collaborations, including Sampha and David Longstreth, frontman of The Dirty Projectors. Referring to her regret at making fans wait five years or so between the first and second albums, Solange highlighted that 2014 was the year we were going to hear a fresh full length. Get pumped.
What It's Called?
Unfortunately, although we're well underway with the year the album's set to hit our eardrums, the singer hasn't confirmed an album title nor any track names thus far.
What Will It Sound Like?
Going off the back of her lush yet gritty and at times lyrically morose EP True, and with the aforementioned collaborations in mind, we've got a sneaking suspicion Solange is set to take flight with this one in a more stripped-back, string-heavy fashion.
Bearing quite a hefty weight on her shoulders with the unholy success of her elder sister Beyonce, she'll want to show that she isn't just imitating or following family tradition.
11 years after her debut album, there's a lot of hope she'll have ripened enough as a musician in order to see this desire through.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Needless to say, Sampha and David Longstreth aren't the biggest of big name collaborators. However it's much more vital for Solange to choose guests artists she believes will best compliment her new record rather than picking someone purely for A-List presence.
As for the producer, this is still unconfirmed -- but personally we're holding out for Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) to continue where he left of with True EP's sublime attention to detail in production techniques. With a spectacular new record recently under his belt in late 2013 as Blood Orange, Hynes has been smacking the collective jaw of new-age jazz funk fans, rightfully making his talent widely recognised.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
It's impossible to say, but here's hoping for a late 2014 release.