Cities of the Plain

Solange appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night and delivered a fantastic rendition of “Losing You” from the recently released True. A few stray thoughts on the EP:

1. There’s just something about songs with upbeat, uptempo production and less-than-joyous lyrical content or messages. “Losing You” and “Locked in Closets” are the latest in a long stretch of examples of my absolute suckerdom for these sorts of records.

2. Not to say that either of us will be writing year-end lists - we probably won’t - but it’s odd that a collection as strong as True can come out a month before the new year and be excluded from many of these lists in spite of its greatness. WHY DOES THE BLOGOSPHERE HAVE AN ANTI-POST-THANKSGIVING RELEASE BIAS?

3. Much has been made about Solange “going indie” on this record, primarily due to Dev Hynes’ (of Blood Orange and Lightspeed Champion fame) credit as co-producer and appearances throughout and its release on Terrible Records (run by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor). But doesn’t this viewpoint just assign Beyonce’s non-indie credentials to her younger sister? Solange has been working with non-mainstream producers for the better part of the last decade.

With Drake sampling Jai Paul, and Jamie xx working with Alicia Keys, why are we still having this discussion? In all fields, people talk about the internet having leveled the playing field and democratized both content creation and access to this content. I’m all for getting excited about collaboration; it’s just odd that in spite of acknowledging the convergence of subcultures, many are still insisting that there’s a difference between indie and mainstream music culture.

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