Blood Orange

Watch Blood Orange’s video for new song “Charcoal Baby”

Blood Orange has released a video for the first track from his upcoming album, Negro Swan, “Charcoal Baby.” Watch the Crack Stevens directed video below. The LP is set to be out on August 24th through Domino.

“My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color,” said Dev Hynes in a statement. “A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all.”

Blood Orange shares 2 new songs for Black History Month

Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, has released two new songs for Black History Month. Hynes shared the tracks, “Christopher & 6th” and “June 12th,” with an Instagram post with the caption, “U must luv yourself.” Listen to the songs below.

Blood Orange shares new song

Blood Orange has shared a new song titled “BOWERYLDN EDIT 6 15 SEPTEMBER” and it has horn and flute arrangements by Jason Arce. Hear the Dev Hynes produced track below. Blood Orange’s most recent album was last year’s Freetown Sound. He also announced recently he was working on the follow-up.

Blood Orange shares album cover for new album Freetown Sound

Dev Hynes in April announced the title of his next Blood Orange album, Freetown Sound. “It’s like my version of Paul’s Boutique,” he said about the record. “It kind of plays like a long mix tape.” He has now shared the album art by Deana Lawson which you can check out below. Freetown Sound will be the follow-up to 2013’s Cupid Deluxe.

FYF Fest reveals 2016 lineup featuring Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala

FYF Fest has released its 2016 lineup. The two-day music festival will take place August 27th – 28th at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, and Grace Jones are leading the lineup. Other acts include Grimes, ANOHNI, Father John Misty, Hot Chip, Explosions in the Sky, Air, Beach House, Wolf Parade, Vince Staples, Shellac, Blood Orange, and Moby.

Peter Bjorn and John, Ty Segall & The Muggers, DIIV, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kelela, Chelsea Wolfe, Wild Nothing, Floating Points, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Jagwar Ma, The Black Lips, Junio Boys, Hop Along, Julia Holter, Denzel Curry, Museum of Love, Alex G, Head Wound City, Sheer Mag, and more are also playing.

Single-day, two-day, and VIP passes will go on sale Friday, April 1st.

fyf fest 2016 lineup

Blood Orange shares new song “Sandra’s Smile” and video

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.

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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!”

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. I Don’t Blame You – Cat Powers

2. I Miss Your Bones – Hospitality

3. Dreaming – Seapony

4. After the Moment – Craft Spells

5. Black Hills – Gardens & Villas

6. Fever Dreams – Nurses

7. How Do I Know – Here We Go Magic

8. You’re Not Good Enough – Blood Orange

9. Funny Heartbeat – Kisses

10. What A Pleasure – Beach Fossils

11. Coming Down – Dum Dum Girls

12. Margot – Minks

13. Here Tarot Lies – No Joy

14. Top Bunk – Gauntlet Hair

15. King of the Beach – Wavves

16. Like a Stranger – Bodies of Water

17. Silent Song – Daniel Rossen

18. Changes – Sandro Perri

19. Roosevelt Island – Eleanor Friedberger

20. Bad Kids – Black Lips