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Solange details creative process behind new album When I Get Home: I had so much to feel


Max HirschbergerFollowing the release of her new album, When I Get Home, Solange hosted “album experience” events across her native Houston over the weekend. 

The intimate gathering, which was streamed live on Apple Music, featured a candid conversation between the singer and Antwaun Sargent. During their conversation, Solo dished on the creative process behind her fourth studio album. 

“Editing is just such a huge part of my process,” the “Cranes in the Sky” vocalist noted. “I would say that it’s 80% editing, and for some reason, I just have the discipline for it.”

When asked about the process of writing the new album, Solange also revealed some of her musical inspirations this time around, which included Stevie Wonder, composer Steve Reich, jazz artist Alice Coltrane, and avant-garde, experimental jazz musician Sun Ra. She also discussed the difference between When I Get Home and her previous album, 2016’s A Seat at the Table.

“Obviously with A Seat at the Table I had so much to say,” Solange said. “With this album I had so much to feel. Words would have been reductive to what I needed to feel and express. It’s in the sonics for me.”

Solo also discussed her role as the album’s producer, calling producing her “heart and soul.”

“Speaking my truth, it is rather difficult as a producer to be reduced to just the songwriter or just the artist when you spend 18 hours editing one drum sound,” she explained.

“We’ve come a long way from that for women, but it’s still got a little ways to go—the way we’re able to have that conversation about Rick Rubin but we’re not extending that conversation to others.”

In addition, Solange also dropped off a short film to accompany the new album which she describes as “an exploration of origin.”

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