Solange has quietly, for years now, made it pretty clear that all the musical talent in the Knowles clan doesn’t stop at just one member: her 2008 release Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams turned up heads and turned on ears with its savvy blend of throwback warmth and individualistic indie-R&B cool, and in the years since, collaborations with Of Montreal, Chromeo and Theophilus London, as well as a stunning remake of Dirty Projector’ “Stillness Is The Move” have only helped in making her a blog favorite.
That same on-line world got themselves another reason to love them some Solange earlier this week with the video-accompanied premiere of her newest single “Losing You”, a Dev Hynes production that has reached “Climax”-like proportions in its instantaneous acclaim.
Truth be told, the song is that damn scrumptious. A lament dealing with the realization of a romance’s looming end, Solange woes “Tell me the truth boy am I losing you for good?/ We used to kiss all night but now it’s just no use”, yet somehow the song never crosses the line into teardrops-in-my-pillowcase territory, her careful delivery in lines like the killer “I’m not the one that you should be making your enemy” presenting a strikingly mature reserve that almost seems to say “que sera sera” in the face of break-up.
Then there’s the production. Dev Hynes is already riding high praise off of his work on Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” and he pulls off another amazingly good soundscape here, a laidback groove that dresses up somber chords with trickles of synth and a lively cacophany of handclaps and what sounds like bird squawks that projects a lived-in ’80’s soul-pop calm while laying a complimentary gentle foundation for Solange’s eased coming-to-terms.
Catch the gorgeous clip, directed by Melina Matsoukas and shot in South Africa, below, then plant your ears on the single’s B-side, alt-R&B delight “Sleep In The Park”.