“I’m not the one that you should be making your enemy…”
And now, one of the finest pop/neo-soul moments of 2012. I’ve listened to this truly incredible song on loop for precisely eleventy million times since its première yesterday, and dare I say ‘Losing You‘ by Solange Knowles is easily one of the best songs of the year!
Solange, aka the younger sister of Beyoncé, arguably had one of the most criminally under-rated albums of 2008, ‘Sol-Angel And The Hadley St. Dreams‘, boasting of two of my fave tracks that year, ‘Sandcastle Disco‘ and ‘T.O.N.Y‘. Musically, as much as she’s (unfairly) compared to her sister, Solange sounds nothing like Beyoncé, and that’s precisely the reason why she’s created a niche for herself. Now, 4 years after her sophomore album (she released her début album ‘Solo Star‘ back in 2003) debuted at # 9 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Solange returns with the first single from her highly anticipated 3rd studio album scheduled for an early 2013 release – and judging from the sights and sounds of the song, as well as the reactions from critics and fans alike, Solange easily has a winner at hand. Don’t we all love the anticipation of a comeback?
‘Losing You‘ floats over an instantly addictive retro-leaning beat with a gorgeously warm melancholic melody that emphasizes the loop-heavy section of the song – giving it a gloriously simple and lush feel. Lyrically, Solange brilliantly juxtaposes some rather somber and painful verses with the uplifting bouncy groove, giving the overall song a rather optimistic feel as she soulfully croons ‘I knew you waiting for the rest that you can’t get from me, Just chew me good and baby I’ll give you the rest of me‘. The song could easily be one of the saddest songs of the year, and yet it turns out be a rather refreshing, free-spirited and alluring slice of pop excellence, instead of an expected gloom-fest. The yearning and vulnerability of Solange’s desire is palpable through her vocals, her emotional turmoil clearly comes across as genuine, and yet at the end of the song – you feel she’s actually ok.
The Melina Matsoukas-directed video for the Dev Hynes- produced song was shot in Cape Town, South Africa and is an absolute stunner. Let’s just say that if Solange were Janet Jackson, then this video would be her ‘Together Again‘.
Solange has arrived y’all!
Quite frankly, I’m bowled over. Sheer brilliance. Check out ‘Losing You‘ right here :