Unless you already knew that Solange Knowles and Beyonce Knowles were sisters, you'd have a hard time connecting them to one another, because they're so different musically and stylistically. Beyonce, as we all know, is a pop-R&B superstar with a knack for cranking out radio-friendly, easy-to-digest hit songs. Solange, on the other hand, is more of an artist's artist. Throughout her career, she's eschewed making anthemic jams like "Survivor," "Bootylicious" and "Single Ladies" in favor of a more complex, esoteric brand of soulful dance music that doesn't conform with modern styles or set new trends, but more often than not has a depth and substance you won't find in the majority of pop songs by artists of color these days. And judging by her latest single, "Lovers in the Parking Lot," she has every intention of following her own musical path, much like other creative urban music artists -- like Miguel, Janelle Monae and Frank Ocean, for example -- are doing these days. "Lovers," which will appear on a new seven-song digital EP called True that Solange is dropping next week, is the story of a woman who regrets using a man's feelings.
"I've been playing around with your heart too long, And I now I played around and got caught," she sings. "Played around with your heart, I guess I played myself from the start."
Although she may not sound like her older sister most of the time, on this particular song, she bears a strong vocal similarity to the late, great Aaliyah at some points here, particularly the chorus. Solange's True EP, which is the follow-up to her 2008 album, SoL Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, will be available at iTunes and other digital music retailers beginning Nov. 27, 2012. For now, you can stream "Lovers in the Parking Lot" via the link below.