Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes returns with his fourth album as Blood Orange, Negro Swan, released on Domino on August 24, 2018.
Raised in England, Hynes started out as a teenage punk in the UK band Test Icicles before releasing two orchestral acoustic pop records as Lightspeed Champion. In 2011, he released Coastal Grooves, the first of three solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange. His last album, Freetown Sound, was released to critical acclaim in 2016, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a black man in America. He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Skepta, fka twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Blondie, and many other artists, and was recently one of four artists invited to the Kennedy Center to perform alongside Philip Glass. In addition to his production work, he scored the film Palo Alto, directed by Gia Coppola.
Negro Swan was written and produced by Hynes. Says Hynes:
“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. A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of HOPE, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”
Negro Swan will be available on August 24th 2018, with LP to follow. The Domino Mart deluxe double LP is pressed on limited edition gold vinyl with a double sided 24 x 36 poster, and comes with MP3s. The indie retail version deluxe double LP is pressed on orange vinyl. Pre-order the album digitally here or from the Domino Mart here.
Hynes will be touring in support of Negro Swan this fall. The tour dates are below.
Sat July 21 – Chicago, IL – Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun Aug 5 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga Festival
Fri Sept 14 – Vancouver, BC – The Orpheum, Westward Music Festival
Sat Sept 15 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Sun Sept 16 – Portland, OR – Roseland
Thurs Sept 20 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
Fri Sept 21 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Sat Sept 22 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival
Wed Sept 26 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
Thurs Sept 27 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Fri Sept 28 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
Mon Oct 1 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Tue Oct 2 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Sat Oct 6 – Austin, TX – Zilker Park, Austin City Limits
Sat Oct 13 – Austin, TX – Zilker Park, Austin City Limits
Mon Oct 29 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tue Oct 30 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg Max
Fri Nov 2 – Paris, FR – Grande Halle de la Villette – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Sat Nov 3 – Sun Nov 4 – Turin, IT – Lingotto Fiere, Club To Club Festival
Tues Nov 6th – Berlin, DE – Columbia Theater
Thurs Nov 8th – Copenhagen, DK – The Grey Hall
Wed Nov 7 – Sat Nov 10 – Reykjavík, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival