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Devonté Hynes has only showed up sporadically since the release third LP as Blood Orange, Freetown Sound, last June. He announced a new project, but that turned out to be a PR stunt; he collaborated with Blondie on their latest single, "Long Time"; and he's been responsible for some beautiful videos, not least this exhaustingly beautiful triple-cut from March.
Then, on Friday, Hynes uploaded a new song to Soundcloud, the first new Blood Orange track since Freetown Sound came out. "BOWERYLDN EDIT 6 15 SEPTEMBER" is, as the title suggests, probably a rough copy, but that doesn't mean that's it's not gorgeous. It opens with mellow keys on top of a slow-staggering boom-bap drum sample, while Hynes overloads a microphone with Michael Jackson vocal inflections, a saxophone twisting around his melodies. It all switches up halfway through, when the tracks cut out and a clean guitar comes in, but the song returns to its strung-out origins. It sounds like music from a man with a lot of competing creative ideas. This is a good thing.
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