Before Dev Hynes went solo, he played as a member of London dance-punk outfit Test Icicles. It wasn’t until 2007 that he moved to NYC as Lightspeed Sound and eventually became Blood Orange. After dropping visuals for “Sandra’s Smile” – a somber ode to Sandra Bland – the singer/songwriter/producer is gearing up to release his third Blood Orange album, Freetown Sound. He shared the album artwork via social media yesterday (June 2).
My 3rd album FREETOWN SOUND coming soon. Cover by the incredible Deana Lawson. See you this weekend at Roots Picnic. pic.twitter.com/lo0HvMuo9q
Hynes likens his Cupid Deluxe follow-up to a Beastie Boys classic. “It’s like my version of Paul’s Boutique,” he told Pitchfork. “It kind of plays like a long mix tape.” An official release date has yet to be announced, but you can catch Dev as Blood Orange at this weekend’s Roots Picnic.