'A Seat at the Table, Beginning Stages' shows how the album came together

By Allison Sadlier
October 06, 2016 at 05:52 PM EDT

Solange Knowles worked on her latest album Seat at the Table for nearly four years and after its release on Sept. 30, the singer has revealed how the process started with a short film called A Seat at the Table, Beginning Stages.

The documentary-style short follows Knowles as she tinkers with lyrics and melodies in Long Island, New Orleans, and New Iberia. It was shot between August 2013 and February 2014 and chronicles Knowles’ journey. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a hard time choosing melodies the way I have on this song,” she tells one collaborator. Viewers can see Knowles in the early stages of recording “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Don’t You Wait.”

The video showcases the relaxed, creative environment that Knowles inhabits with her son Julez, who makes a few appearances throughout. Sean Nicolas Savage, Patrick Wimberly, and Olugbenga Adelekan are among Knowles’ featured collaborators.

Watch A Seat at the Table, Beginning Stages below.