Blood Orange has spoken to Zane Lowe on Beats1 about his new album 'Freetown Sound'.
Out now on Domino, the record is an ambitious, deeply personal return - the title refers to his father's home city in Sierra Leone.
Released ahead of its drop date, Dev Hynes welcomes the surprise around 'Freetown Sound': "I don’t know if my label feels this way but I feel like it could have come out at any point really. I’m not a big fan of surprises but I like surprises within context."
"I've had people listen to it and ask me questions about why or how but to me it’s just how it is and what else could I do. It’s attention spans are, it’s how my attention span is and it’s where my attention is."
The songwriter looked to the past for inspiration, but continually engages with the present. "I tend to draw on the past because yeah those are things that have happened but also continue to repeat. Themes keep repeating so I think that’s why I always try to draw these links back. Because you know one thing I always think about we always assume just because time moves forward that everyone existing has to. As we can see with Brexit and what’s going on there. I’m always thinking about that."
Almost continually working - Dev Hynes writes for a string of high profile pop and R&B artists - he seems to welcome the workload. "I think as an artist you get convinced into thinking maybe you’re gonna like overdo it. Or oversaturate. I love Beach House and when they announced they had a new album that wasn’t B-sides, not a part two just another album. I couldn’t have been more stoked. I think writing new stuff and continuing to put stuff out that reflects things happening is something I think should be happening more."
Dev Hynes also took time to address the current political climate in the UK. "It’s heartbreaking to see everything that’s happening. Talking to friends in NY explaining to them what’s happening and why it’s important, one thing I’m noticing is I think it’s making people notice that they can’t be too complacent. I hate that it was my homeland that was the guinea pig for that amongst young people, but the bubble of being young and living in pretty advanced cities you think ‘no one I know is voting for Trump’ and it’s that mentality that’s dangerous. We're not necessarily the majority but there’s a whole world out there."
Check out the interview below.