Dev Hynes has announced the release of the new Blood Orange album.
The artist began teasing new material via Instagram back in April – saying that he had a mixtape, album, and 8 singles ready to drop.
Shortly after sharing a brand new teaser, with the caption “album 4 is ready”, details of the record were confirmed by his label. Titled ‘Negro Swan’, the album will be released on August 24, via Domino.
In a press release, Hynes said: “My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of colour. A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of HOPE, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”
A full tracklisting for ‘Negro Swan’ is yet to be confirmed. Hynes will perform in the UK in support of the record on October 29 at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
In February, Hynes unveiled two tracks as Blood Orange to mark Black History Month – ‘Christopher & 6th’ and ‘June 12th’.
Neither track will feature on the new album. ‘Christopher & 6th’ is a mash of moody and soulful influences, whereas ‘June 12th’ plays off the darker more ambient tones seen in his previous works. The lyrics in both discuss issues related to identity.
Sharing the songs on Instagram, Hynes wrote: “TWO NEW SONGS. Not from the next album. Christopher & 6th / June 12th link in bio” followed by “U must luv yourself Happy Black History Month. (All year)”.
Blood Orange’s last album was 2016’s ‘Freetown Sound’, which NME described as: “a bold, challenging album about the social and generational forces that have shaped Dev Hynes’ sense of blackness.”
Last month, Hynes attended Kanye West’s creative director’s first fashion show for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week.
Virgil Abloh was also joined for the special occasion by a host of his music friends and colleagues including Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti and Steve Lacy.