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UPDATE 6/28: Dev Hynes took to Twitter earlier this morning to share a list of the voices that can be heard throughout his latest album Freetown Sound. The album features Ava Raiin, Empress Of, Debbie Harry, Bea1991, Starchild, Ian Isiah, Nelly Furtado, Ta-Nehisi C, Kelsey Lu, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Zuri Marley—with additional vocals from Marlon Riggs, Angela Davis, and Essex Hemphill.
Hynes also revealed that Freetown Sound features quotes from Vince Staples, Venus Xtravaganza, Ashlee Haze, and De La Soul. The entire album was tied together with the engineering and mixing completed by Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce. Along with the striking photo for the cover artwork, shot by Deana Lawson.
Do you see the video above this text? That’s a new Blood Orange video for the previously unreleased “Augustine.” Do you see the embed below this text? That’s the new Blood Orange album Freetown Sound, out on all platforms three days ahead of schedule.
The “Augustine” video was directed by Devonté Hynes, Blood Orange’s frontman. The album’s title is named after his father’s hometown. Hynes has been on a real journey since his last album as Blood Orang (2013’s Cupid Deluxe). Hynes has blossomed in his role as a writing partner to the stars, scored films, and lent his voice to the fight against police brutality. He also runs a very strong Instagram account.
We’ll need some time to digest the album, but if “Augustine” is any indication, Dev Hynes and his Blood Orange collaborators have taken a deep dive into sound, songwriting, and theater.