Beyonce isn’t the only one in the family with talent. Her little sis, Solange’s new album “Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams” has a funky ’60s and ’70s R&B inspired/electronic/alternative fusion sound and she has plenty of clever and creative lyrics to back it up.
Solange’s mish-mash of sounds has been some of the most unique and refreshing music I’ve heard in a long time. Don’t expect any remnants of her sister here; this music is pure Solange, as most of the lyrics are self-penned and the direction of the album is indeed far out. She experiments with Motown inspired tracks and veers all the way out into trippy, electronic-sounding tunes.
The lead single off the album is called “I Decided” and it’s a nod to the sound created by girl groups of the past with its catchy lyrics and popping tambourine-hand-clapping tempo.
Watch Solange time-travel through musical eras in the clip for the single:
The second single “Sandcastle Disco” is a sophisticated retro-pop tune. Again, she’s inspired by colorful images of popular images for the video.
The entire LP is up for a listen on her myspace page.
It’s indeed worth the listen. Stand-out tracks: “T.O.N.Y” co-written by Cee-Lo (of Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mobb fame) and the psychadelic trip-hop track “This Bird.”
Enjoy the listen…