Today, producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes – aka Blood Orange – has released a video for the song “Chewing Gum,” off his latest full-length album Negro Swan, out now on Domino. The video, which was directed by Hynes, also features the song’s guest vocalist, A$AP Rocky.
Dev Hynes on Negro Swan
“My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color. A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of HOPE, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”
Sat Oct 6 – Austin, TX – Zilker Park, Austin City Limits
Sat Oct 13 – Austin, TX – Zilker Park, Austin City Limits
Mon Oct 29 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tue Oct 30 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg Max
Fri Nov 2 – Paris, FR – Grande Halle de la Villette – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Sat Nov 3 – Sun Nov 4 – Turin, IT – Lingotto Fiere, Club To Club Festival
Tues Nov 6th – Berlin, DE – Columbia Theater
Thurs Nov 8th – Copenhagen, DK – The Grey Hall
Wed Nov 7 – Sat Nov 10 – Reykjavík, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival
The video release coincides with the physical release date of Negro Swan. The record is out today on vinyl, and can be purchased via all good record stores, or via the Domino Mart here.
Devonté Hynes was raised in England, Hynes started out as a teenage punk in the UK band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion. In 2011, he released Coastal Grooves, the first of three solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange. His last album, Freetown Sound, was released in 2016, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a black man in America. He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Skepta, fka twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Blondie, and many other artists, and was recently one of four artists invited to the Kennedy Center to perform alongside Philip Glass. In addition to his production work, he scored the film Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola