Solange: Cranes in the Sky

From In Search of a Recuperative Aesthetics

From Solange’s third album A Seat at the Table, “Cranes in the Sky” describes the process of trying to distract oneself from unaddressed pain or sadness. In an interview about the song, Solange states that the title comes from witnessing a small town become a construction-infested landscape due to new real estate development, with mechanical cranes blocking the sky. She has described “all this excessive building” as a way of not “really dealing with what was in front of us.” The song is a ballad for gathering strength to face the world.

December 8, 2018


Curated by

Kayla Anderson