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Solange Knowles is contemplating a unique, new musical style

The ‘Cranes In The Sky’ singer wants to drop a new sound but isn’t sure if people are ready
Solange performs "Don't Touch My Hair" (Photo Credit: Amir Shaw for Steed Media Service)

Solange fans know that if there’s one thing you can count on from the multihyphenate artist, it’s always gonna be something different.

In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the 37-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist hinted at the possible musical direction of her next project. 

“The tuba,” she confessed when asked about her current sound obsession.

“I love it,” she continued. “I’ve started writing music for the tuba, and I am trying to talk myself into releasing it, but I can only imagine the eye rolls from people being like this b— hasn’t made an album.”

While casual listeners may think she’s following in big sister Beyoncé’s footsteps with the musical switch-up, longtime fans know that reworking her sound is far from new territory for the “Binz” singer.

After her 2002 debut, Solo Star, featured a more bubblegum pop sound, Solange took creative control of her musical destiny and reemerged in 2008 with her breakthrough album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, which showcased a retro R&B soundscape to complement her emerging songwriter talents. Next, 2012’s True found her delving into ’80’s new wave and electronica, while her last two albums, 2016’s A Seat At The Table and 2019’s When I Get Home, both feature a more contemporary R&B/Soul sound with elements of funk, jazz, and trap music.

In 2022, Solange spread her wings even further when she was tapped to be the Ballet Composer for the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala.

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