Speaking at The New Yorker Festival last night, Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) opened up about his new album, the follow-up to last year’s Freetown Sound.
Hynes, who’s collaborated with everyone from Solange to Sky Ferreira and Carly Rae Jepsen, said in a live conversation with New Yorker writer Hua Hsu that the new LP is “78% done.”
The new album will take a look at Hynes’ youth, growing up as the child of two immigrant parents in Essex County, outside of London.
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“A lot of the new songs on the new album deal with growing up and childhood in England,” he explained. “Looking at the country that made me.”
Essex County is known to be a particularly racist area—a difficult place to grow up as the child of a mother from Guyana and father from Sierra Leone. “It’s one of the only places in England where the BNP, which is the British National Party, a.k.a. the racist party — ‘Keep Britain White’ was one of their campaigns—were constantly elected in power,” Hynes continued.
As of yet, the album does not have a release date.