Dev Hynes has shared an early stream of his new album Freetown Sound, under the name of “Blood Orange”. The 17-track album was produced and written entirely by Hynes, who explored his father’s hometown in Sierra Leone to find inspiration for the project. Hynes goes back and forth between his father’s roots and the Black American experience to detail his experience of “being” and “living”. Freetown Sound follows up his 2013 release, Cupid Deluxe, and includes collaborations with Ava Raiin, EmpressOf, Debbie Harry, Bea1991, Starchild, Ian Isiah, Nelly Furtado, Ta-Nehisi C, Kelsey Lu, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Zuri Marley.
In a recent interview with i-D, Hynes explains how his family history takes precedence throughout the album’s fabric: “It was basically a town where freed slaves were sent to live a comfy, Christian life,” Dev explained of his father’s hometown. The record will explore issues specific to the community — “for example, there’s a song on the album where the underbelly of it is audio of a woman in Freetown, speaking in Krio, discussing when the rebels came in and destroyed her village.”
Stream and enjoy Freetown Sound below ahead of its official July 1 release.