Blood Orange releases new album three days early

Dev Hynes describes Freetown Sound as ‘an album about my life, my upbringing, being black in England, being black in America’

Dev Hynes has released Freetown Sound, his third album as Blood Orange, three days earlier than expected, and shared a video for its lead single “Augustine”.

Originally set for release on July 1, Freetown Sound features guest turns from artists and speakers including Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Ian Isiah, Nelly Furtado, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as quotes from De La Soul, Vince Staples and more. Its title refers to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where Hynes’ father was born.

The album explores issues of race, gender and sexism across its 17 songs, with Hynes describing the record in a press release as “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.”

Watch the video for “Augustine” above, and listen to the full album below.