An undisputed highlight of new album Freetown Sound.
Blood Orange – aka London-born songwriter Dev Hynes – has dropped a self-directed video for his new track ‘Augustine.’
In the visual, Hynes is seen playing piano in an empty apartment and dancing around on a rooftop with a group of pals before grabbing a snack with Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas around the 2:30 mark. He also pays tribute to his father’s Sierra Leone birthplace – the capital of which inspired the name of his latest LP Freetown Sound – with a hand-painted country flag.
The track, which plumbs in everything from clattering, lo-fi percussion and scratching, to trebly guitar lines and a lush vocal call-and-response, is featured on Blood Orange’s second full-length album, Freetown Sound, which he surprise-released earlier today (June 28).
The record includes guest contributions from Carly Rae Jepsen, Ava Raiin, Empress Of, Debbie Harry, Nelly Furtado, Starchild, Kelsey Lu, Zuri Marley, Vince Staples and De La Soul.
“My album is for everyone told they’re not blacK enough, too black, too queer, not queer the right way, the underappreciated,” Hynes wrote on Instagram earlier this month. “It’s a clapback.”