Solange released her critically acclaimed album A Seat At The Table just last week, and today she offers a behind the scenes look at the beginning stages of the recording process. The short film, released today, showcases Solange in the early stages of recording songs such as “Don’t Touch My Hair,” “Mad,” “Don’t You Wait,” and more, with appearances from Sampha, Kwes, Kindness, Sean Nicholas Savage, Chairlift’s Patrick Wimberly, Solange’s son Julez, and more.
Solange released a statement on the short film that you can find below.
“A Seat At The Table, Beginning Stages” is a look at the early days of jam sessions, experimentation, and the exploring of sounds and ideas for the album.
While some of the jam sessions featured did not make the album, they helped to create and identify the sonic tone, and the early lyrics and concepts I wrote for the project.
This video is broken up into 3 different parts. The first and second parts happened in Long Island and New Orleans where I first started to jam and collaborate on ideas with the incredible artists and musicians featured (as well as some other incredible artist and musicians who are not shown here). A lot of these days would just start with me singing a melody or someone playing a synth part or bass line, and would transition into an hour long jam.
The third part is me taking all of these jams to New Iberia, LA with just my engineers and creating the actual song structures, building the sounds, and writing the lyrics and melodies.
I later took these songs to Los Angeles to work with Raphael Saadiq to help amplify the production, as well as record the vocals alongside Troy Johnson. When I look back at the beginning stages, I remember the powerful energy that set the tone, and that I’m so grateful followed us everywhere during the creation of this record.