Solange Knowles released the single Lovers In The Parking Lot in September 2013, and it is the fourth track on her EP True, which was previously released in November 2012. The official music video for the song, made in collaboration with The Creators Project, was shot exclusively in her hometown of Houston, Texas.
Official Music Video
- Date of release: September 18, 2013
- Type of music release: Single
- From EP: True
- Genre: Neo soul
- Song-writers: Devontè Hynes, Solange Knowles
- Lyrics: Devontè Hynes, Melanie Fiona, Solange Knowles
- Producer: Solange Knowles, Devontè Hynes
- Label: Saint Records
What music magazines wrote about 'Lovers In The Parking Lot'
Under the Radar
"Showing off some big hair and big solo dance moves by Knowles, directors Peter J. Brant and Emily Kai Bock filmed the whole thing in a Houston flea marktet."
"(...) Lovers in the Parking Lot was produced by Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) who once again masks a lyric about a slowly disintegrating relationship by embedding Solange's vocal among shimmering synths, disco beats and twinkling piano."
"Made with The Creators Project, a partnership between Intel and VICE, and directed by Solange, Peter J. Brant and Emily Kai Bock, it was filmed at Houston's Kings Flea Market this past spring."
"The song, another collaboration with Dev “Blood Orange” Hynes, is more retro-skewed pop heartache, with Reading Rainbow guitar flickers giving way to a brooding bass line, painterly keyboard flurries, and a lovely, harmony-layered breakdown."
"The 27-year-old singer dances through empty commercial spaces—from a fluorescent-lit hallway, to a basement cafeteria arcade and pawn shop, to a Houston-area mall where Bun B once worked (check his choreographed cameo at the 2:22 mark)."
"She sings about paying the cost for not making up her mind about a man she loved, and the lyrics are full of nostalgic regret, but she's not beating herself up."
"The video shows Solange dancing through run-down commercial spaces and a Houston-area mall after closing time. She is wearing shimmering outfits and sneakers with light-up laces as she makes her way through hallways and past kiosks."
"Appearing on Solange's upcoming EP True (dropping Nov. 27!), "Lovers In The Parking Lot" is a slow-burning soul ballad that describes the emotional fallout of recklessly mishandling someone's feelings: (...) "
"Solange delivers an ’80s-inspired visual for her groovy tune “Lovers in the Parking Lot” from her “True” EP."
"Whereas "Losing You" bounced on a kind of airy funk, Dev Hynes' production here is far more lush: tentative, glimmering synthesizers shadow-dance with dry, glinting percussion and a kiss of house piano."
"Although Solange’s latest full-length doesn’t look like gaining a 2013 release, it’s easy to forget she released the impressive ‘True’ EP back in 2012, with ‘Lovers In The Parking Lot’ being a standout."
Consequence of Sound
"Like all seven tracks on the EP, “Lovers in the Parking Lot” features production by Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes — a silvery, warm, and soulful throwback to something Brandy might have done in 1995."
Beat Magazine (Australia)
"At its core, Lovers In The Parking Lot is classic R&B balladry. That chorus, and Solange’s tasteful vocal gymnastics, are pretty darn incredible."
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 Cragg, M. (2012, November 22). New music: Solange – Lovers in the Parking Lot. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2012/nov/22/solange-lovers-parking-lot
 Zeichner, N. (2013, September 18). Video: Solange, “Lovers in the parking lot.” The FADER. https://www.thefader.com/2013/09/18/video-solange-lovers-in-the-parking-lot
 Hogan, M. (2013, September 18). Solange rocks a Houston mall in ‘Lovers in the Parking Lot’ video. SPIN. https://www.spin.com/2013/09/solange-lovers-parking-lot-true-video/
 Devin. (2013, September 18). Video: Solange – ‘Lovers in the parking lot’ Rap-Up. https://www.rap-up.com/2013/09/18/video-solange-lovers-in-the-parking-lot/
 NPR. (2012, November 21). Song Premiere: Solange, “Lovers In The Parking Lot.” NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2012/11/21/165659661/song-premiere-solange-lovers-in-the-parking-lot
 Carter, C. (2013, September 18). Solange Releases “Lovers in the Parking Lot” Video Off “True” EP. Music Times. https://www.musictimes.com/articles/1413/20130918/solange-releases-lovers-parking-lot-video-true.htm
 Brodsky, R. (2012, November 26). New Song: Solange Knowles, “Lovers In The Parking Lot.” MTV. https://www.mtv.com/news/ka86wq/solange-knowles-lovers-in-the-parking-lot
 Thomas, A. (2013, September 19). VIDEO: Solange – Lovers in the parking lot. Rated R&B. https://ratedrnb.com/2013/09/video-solange-lovers-parking-lot/
 Snapes, L. (2012, November 22). Solange: “Lovers in the parking lot.” Pitchfork. https://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14594-solange-lovers-in-the-parking-lot/
 DIY Magazine. (2013, September 18). Watch: Solange Airs ‘Lovers In The Parking Lot’ Video • News • DIY Magazine. https://diymag.com/news/watch-solange-airs-lovers-in-the-parking-lot-video
 D. Larson, J. (2012, November 22). New Music: Solange Knowles - "Lovers in the Parking Lot" Consequence. https://consequence.net/2012/11/new-music-solange-lovers-in-the-parking-lot/
 Beat Magazine. (2013, October 1). Solange : Lovers In The Parking Lot. Beat Magazine. https://beat.com.au/solange-lovers-in-the-parking-lot/