The inner workings of Solange’s latest album, A Seat at the Table, are slowly but surely coming to the forefront. She revealed on Twitter that it took her four years to complete (she wrote “Cranes In The Sky” eight years ago), and the other day on Instagram, she mentioned that she and hubby/director Alan Ferguson traveled to 70 states (yeah, we’re not sure either) in order to bring her vision to life. She even wrote, arranged, and co-produced every song on the album. Color us impressed. Now, she’s adding another creative layer to the project with a new behind-the-scenes documentary.
According to Pitchfork, Solange says the film is “a look at the early days of jam sessions, experimentation, and the exploring of sounds and ideas for the album.” The video, titled “Beginning Stages,” includes appearances from Sampha, Kindness, Bryndon Cook, and Sean Nicolas Savage. We get early glimpses of songs like “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Don’t You Wait for Me” before and a raw look into how A Seat at the Table was shaped. Most interestingly, we get to see what a jam session with Solange looks like. Which includes: dance sessions with her son, singing by candlelight, and writing in a hammock.
Watch the video below and relish in the access she grants us. There’s no other place we’d want to be a fly on the wall.