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EDITORS’ NOTES

Solemn, wrenching and totally stunning; Freetown Sound proves Dev Hynes has become one of pop’s great alchemists. Named after Sierra Leone’s capital (his father’s hometown), it’s an album, says Hynes, “for the under-appreciated.” Its dominant themes—exquisite heartbreak and displacement—check that description out. The music—scintillating, poised, and sticky synth-soul—make it a record for the under-appreciated to hold very close. Highlights are bountiful, but the ecstatic “Best To You” receives a glorious Real Thing assist and “Hadron Collider”, a mercurial Nelly Furtado ballad, will long stay with you.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Solemn, wrenching and totally stunning; Freetown Sound proves Dev Hynes has become one of pop’s great alchemists. Named after Sierra Leone’s capital (his father’s hometown), it’s an album, says Hynes, “for the under-appreciated.” Its dominant themes—exquisite heartbreak and displacement—check that description out. The music—scintillating, poised, and sticky synth-soul—make it a record for the under-appreciated to hold very close. Highlights are bountiful, but the ecstatic “Best To You” receives a glorious Real Thing assist and “Hadron Collider”, a mercurial Nelly Furtado ballad, will long stay with you.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

121 Ratings

Instant classic

bms456,

Dev Hynes is on another level

FREETOWN SOUND

Dqwon18,

What a beautiful collection of music... There's a song for everyone. Love how all the songs flow together. Amazing style. Only Dev Hynes can accomplish something like this. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

About Blood Orange

After splitting with his band the Test Icicles and then recording as Lightspeed Champion, singer/songwriter Devonté Hynes switched up styles again and began making music under the pseudonym Blood Orange. For Hynes, a cult favorite who also worked on the side as a songwriter for some popular artists (including Florence + the Machine, Theophilus London, and Solange Knowles), and as a fashion consultant for Jay-Z's Rocawear, Blood Orange seemed like his most streamlined project, with R&B grooves and atmospheric chillwave keyboards. The debut album, Coastal Grooves, was released in the summer of 2011 on Domino Records. Along with spending more time working with Solange in 2012 -- the result being the True EP released in late 2012 -- Hynes also found time to collaborate with Nedelle Torrisi, Sky Ferreira, Foals, and even Britney Spears. Hynes' next move as Blood Orange was to release the decidedly '80s- and '90s-influenced follow-up album Cupid Deluxe in late 2013. Although his pal Solange didn't guest on the album, many friends did, including Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth, and Clams Casino. 2013 also saw the release of the producer's first film score for Gia Coppola's drama Palo Alto. Blood Orange returned in late 2015 with the track "Sandra's Smile," an ode to Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a jail cell in Texas after having been arrested for a minor traffic violation. He returned in the summer of 2016 with his third full-length effort, Freetown Sound. The record was named after the capital of Sierra Leone, where his father grew up, and documented a number of issues including race, sex, sexism, and religion. ~ Jason Lymangrover & Rob Wacey

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