I am a huge fan of Solange Knowles. Some say that she’s famous for being Beyoncé’s younger sister, but there is so much more to Solange than her sibling relation to her older global sensation of a sister. At first, I never paid much attention to her because I assumed that her glow only came from the off-cast refractions of her older sister’s spotlight.
Silly me, how wrong was I? I took a chance and began to listen to her music in the fall of 2008, and I haven’t stopped since. Solange Knowles is a five-edged sword; she is a singer, songwriter, actor, dj, and dancer. As far as I am concerned she is an artistic genius. Her music has the ability to touch rare parts of one’s being, parts that are inanimate and/or have not been alive in a while. I listened to Solange’s sophomore album Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams and her music had the latter effect on me. Some songs made me nod my head, others made me belt along, others had me laughing and crying, and all of them made me want to dance.
Solange Knowles waited five years before releasing that sophomore album, and she is slowly torturing her fans with another 3+ year wait. She has yet to release singles from a new album, and I have been trolling music websites for any new music that I can find. I happened to stumble upon her cover of Boards of Canada’s “Left-Side Drive.”
One of my friends, a former Knowles sisters hater turned avid listener and devoted fan, posted the song on her blog. It had been a long while since I had heard anything from Solange, and it is an understatement to say that I was excited about hearing something new. I was also excited that she was covering a Boards of Canada classic. Although many viewers on YouTube have admitted to having other recreational purposes for the song (er, eh-hem), Solange wrote an abstract song about the complexities of love and relationships.
The lyrics are ambiguous; I believe it was intentional so the listener could make his or her own interpretation. The relationship she speaks of is a romantic one, the “during“ stage of love. In western media, the guy likes the girl, the guy gets the girl (with minor obstacles, quite minor), the guy lives happily ever after with the girl. This may also be the case with the girl liking the guy. No one talks about the struggle, the work, the ugly side of love. Love does not always come in pre-packaged frozen dinners—there are ellipses in a relationship; it is a slow simmer at times.
- Kerri Byam
Image Source: http://rnbxclusive.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Solange.png
Video Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMJ4_GmHJJ0
Monday, November 14, 2011
Boards of Canada, Solange, and "Left-Side Drive"