Blood Orange announces new album ‘Freetown Sound’

The follow-up to 2013's 'Cupid Deluxe'

Dev Hynes has announced the title of his next Blood Orange album as ‘Freetown Sound’. It will be his first album in three years since 2013’s ‘Cupid Deluxe’.

However, he’s kept busy, sharing 46 minutes of unreleased music, scoring James Franco’s Palo Alto, collaborating with Nelly Furtado on ‘Hadron Collider,’ and shared the tracks ‘Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?’ and ‘Sandra’s Smile.’

Speaking to V Magazine, Hynes said of the record: “It’s inspired by old Dust Brothers records, very cut and paste. It’s like my version of Paul’s Boutique. It kind of plays like a long mix tape.

“It talks a lot about sexuality and displacement and life in the city – so it’s definitely very personal, but in doing that I think it’s probably the most relatable thing I’ve ever done.”

Continuing the interview, he said: “This is a very layered and very deep record for me. There’s a lot of meaning behind all of the choices I’ve made for this one. It looks into my childhood and examines who I am at this point in my life.

“There are so many crazy layers to it that it’s actually quite hard to talk about it, but the record is very reflective of how my brain works. The record addresses the way Christianity was brought to West Africa and the way black households held on very tightly to Christianity because it was this beacon of hope…and how eventually this somehow led to someone in a school telling me not to use my left hand.

“It’s been very interesting for me trying to understand and tie all of these things together. It’s been a way of working through it. There’s also a lot of stuff about race and specifically things that have happened to me.”