Dev Hynes has not released a new album from Blood Orange since Cupid Deluxe in 2013, but he still has been in the limelight. hasn’t released a new Blood Orange album since 2013’s Cupid Deluxe, but he’s hardly steered clear of the limelight. He has collaborated with Carly Rae Jepsen and Heems, as well as pieced together a 45-minute film score, and put out two songs under the Blood Orange moniker, “Delancey” and “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?”.
Hynes has returned this week with another offering from Blood Orange called “Sandra’s Smile.” The melancholy song references Sandra Bland, a black woman whose controversial death during her Texas’ police custody in July added to the already growing racial tensions in the US. Hynes has written about issues like this before, including his previous song, “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?” addressing racism and the Charleston massacre in June.
Watch “Sandra’s Smile” through its official music video, directed by Hynes, and by the song’s lyrics below.
Hynes is also set for his first US concert in 2o15. It is planned for December 12th at the Apollo Theater in New York City, and is a benefit show set to including Blood Orange “and Friends” performing old and new songs. Here is Hynes’s official statement on the gig:
“Playing music saved my life; if it wasn’t for the chance to play cello or piano when I was a kid growing up in Essex, I shudder to think where I’d be right now. At this point in my life, all that matters to me is giving back to communities and making people happy, so I have decided to put on a fun night of performances at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem that is hopefully affordable to all, with all proceeds going to the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. New York City, let’s have some fun!”