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Last night, Dev Hynes/Blood Orange released the follow-up to 2013’s excellent Cupid Deluxe, Freetown Sound, and album is already received some rave reviews. To give fans a bit more context, Hynes spoke with Zane Lowe to further discuss the album.
Lowe—who calls Hynes “one of the most exciting and brilliant musicians of the modern era”—and Hynes touch on the latter’s inspiration (“If anyone I have the worst sense of what inspires me”), the topics on which he writes and how our modern society affects those topics (“Themes keep repeating so I think that’s why I always try to draw these links back”), working with Debbie Harry (“A few years ago we connected/started sporadically working together and becoming friends, which is insane to even say”), and more.
When speaking of his recording process, Dev Hynes revealed that there were a number of songs that he “could have put on this record that people would really enjoy as songs.” But as Hynes aimed to “make something that kind of felt it to feel like a world for people to be in,” the result is a record that’s “straight hip hop, straight jazz, and straight classical.”
Finally, when asked about whether or not Hynes has any plans on going on tour, he explained that he’d like to “do some shows this year,” but it will be different than the shows he performed in promotion of Cupid Deluxe, suggesting that there may not be a band for the upcoming shows.
In addition to sharing Freetown Sound last night, Dev Hynes also shared a set of visuals for “Augustine,” featuring Julian Casablancas. Watch the video and stream Freetown Sound here.
Listen to the interview in full below.