Devonté Hynes, also known as Blood Orange, has just confirmed that his next album is 78% complete. Formerly a part of the band Test Icicles, Hynes went on to release five studio albums in a solo capacity, first as Lightspeed Champion, and then as Blood Orange. These rapid-fire album releases took place over the course of 8 years, from 2008 to 2016. It's no surprise that Hynes is able to pull one more album out of his sleeve in 2017.
New Blood Orange Album
Following 2016's Freetown Sound, which was nominated for best album of the year by IMPALA, a 2017 album will become the fourth full-length from Dev Hynes under the moniker Blood Orange. Records are not the multi-talented musician's only accomplishment, Hynes has also self-published a book titled I'm Asleep – Comics, Photographs and Illustrations and has written and produced for other artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx & Florence and the Machine. With such a mass of talent stored inside one human, it's apparent why excitement rippled through his fandom this July when he posted an image of himself in the studio surrounded by instruments captioned "Writing."
What To Expect?
At The New Yorker Festival, Hynes spoke to Hua Hsu and revealed that while Freetown Sound was about his parents, the new album will be about his childhood. Growing up in the then-racist Essex County, under the guardianship of two immigrants, was not easy, and so the latest record is going to be "a little dark,” according to Hynes.
Until we receive more word on the album, listen to his song "Uncle ACE" from 2013's Cupid Deluxe. Along with singles, "Chamakay" and "You're Not Good Enough," "Uncle ACE" was one of the most notable singles from the album, amplifying its promotion.
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