Only a few days after releasing her much-praised album, A Seat at the Table, Solange has graced us with not one, but two visuals as empowering and touching as the album. The videos are for "Cranes in the Sky" and "Don't Touch My Hair"— both of which were directed by her husband Alan Ferguson (who also directed Beyonce's "Party" and Katy Perry's "Hot'n'Cold"). Filled with airy aesthetics, haute couture fashion, black pride and soft color palettes, the videos almost read as a part two to Lemonade, the infamous video-album released by Solange's sister Beyoncé earlier this year.
"Cranes in the Sky" opens with the singer in a variety of captivating settings: nude atop a beige mountain while covered in shimmering body paint, standing in the middle of a river in a billowing white gown that is slightly reminiscent of Oshun, the African goddess of love and sweet waters, and passionately embraced by a group of women of color.
"Don't Touch My Hair" possesses a similar tender aesthetic -- a 70s'-esque warm filter overlaying the visual. Black woman and men appear on the screen rocking various afro-centric hairdos with serious pride as Solange sings soul-filling lyrics like, "Don't touch my pride." The video even features a bomb dance break, Solange performing some sick African inspired dance moves to a sparse, elevator music-esque beat.
A Seat at the Table has been making waves across the blogosphere. The album has been doused with stellar reviews and the cover has even been recreated by Tracee Ellis Ross. The album features a long-list of collaborations, giving way to powerful moments like Master P talking on drug use within the black community and Lil' Wayne revealing past suicidal thoughts.
Check out the visuals for "Cranes in the Sky" and "Don't Touch My Hair" below: