by Danielle Holian
Blood Orange will release his new album, Freetown Sound, on July 1st on Domino. Blood Orange, aka Devonte Hynes, wrote and produced the album; it’s a tour de force, a confluence of his past, present and future of which influences his voice.
In Hynes’ own words: “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. Freetown Sound, the name of my album, is taken from Freetown where my father was born.”
Over the past decade, Hynes has experimented with nearly every genre of music. In the mid-2000s, he moved to New York, and so for he became Blood Orange. He deals with the themes of touching issues of race, religion, sex and sexism with his profoundly personal and political in his lyrics.
He is an in-demand songwriter/producer for hire, who has worked with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira and Solange Knowles. In 2015, he invited his collaborators on stage to take part in two sold-out performances at the Apollo Theater; all proceeds benefitted Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.