Singer/songwriter Dev Hynes, known widely as Blood Orange, treated his fans to quite the surprise early Tuesday (June 28) when he released his third album, Freetown Sound.
The album was released three days before it’s scheduled date of July 1. With influences from poet Ashlee Haze, De La Soul, Ta-Nehisi Coates and more, the musician takes his pop-synth sound to new levels while bringing new light to his blackness. “I have just finished making an album about my life, my upbringing, being black in England, being black in America…my movement to this country at the age of 21, the same age that my mother moved from Guyana to London, and my father from Sierra Leone to London,” he said earlier this month about the project. “Freetown Sound, the name of my album, is taken from Freetown where my father was born.”
The singer also dropped a music video to “Augustine,” with lyrics that touch on race relations today and the passing of Trayvon Martin. “And no one even told me the way that you should feel/tell me did you lose your son?” he sings.”Tell me did you lose your love?/Cry and burst my deafness, while Trayvon falls asleep./The things that I would do to you, The things that I could do to you.”
Check out the video below and listen to the album here.