Dev Hynes has taken to Instagram to reveal the cover for his “most intimate album yet” as Blood Orange, titled FREETOWN SOUND. Featuring artwork by photographer Deana Lawson, the singer/songwriter/producer teased that this forthcoming album will have sounds similar to the Beastie Boys’ 1989 sophomore release Paul’s Boutique.
In a messaged posted to Twitter, Hynes said his “album is for everyone told they’re not black enough, too black, too queer, not queer the right way, the under appreciated.” An Instagram sharing the same message included Prince’s famous Love Symbol, suggesting the late icon is a key influence, as well. Though Hynes’ LP, a self-described “clapback,” doesn’t yet to have a release date, you can catch the artist this weekend performing at Roots Picnic.
My album is for every1 told they’re not black enough, 2 black, 2 queer, not queer the right way, the under appreciated, it’s a clapback.
— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) June 6, 2016