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Blood Orange's New Album Will Explore "Black Depression, Black Existence, and the Ongoing Anxieties of Queer/People of Color"

Negro Swan is on the way.

Dev Hynes has announced the follow-up to 2016's Freetown Sound. His new full-length album as Blood Orange is titled Negro Swan and will come out on August 24 via 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," Hynes mentions in a statement.


"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."

Hynes has shared the album's cover art (above), as well as a teaser video you can watch below.

While Blood Orange's previous album, Freetown Sound, delved into his background and his Sierra Leonean and Guyanese parents, he's previously mentioned to Pitchfork that his new album will "deal with growing up and childhood in England."

Revisit OkayAfrica's interview with Blood Orange about his Sierra Leonean and West African influences.

Watch the teaser and see his tour dates listed underneath.

Blood Orange Tour Dates

07-21 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival 2018)
08-05 Montreal, Quebec - Parc Jean-Drapeau (Oshega Festival)
09-14 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Orpheum, Westward Music Festival
09-15 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
09-16 Portland, OR - Roseland
09-20 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
09-21 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
09-22 Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival
09-26 New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
09-27 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
09-28 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
10-01-02 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall
10-06 Austin, TX - Ziller Park (Austin City Limits)
10-13 Austin, TX - Ziller Park (Austin City Limits)
10-29 London, England - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
10-30 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Max
11-02 Paris, France - Grande Halle de la Villette (Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2018)
11-03-04 Turin, Italy - Lingotto Fiere, Club to Club Festival
11-06 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theater
11-08 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Grey Hall
11-07-10 Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival


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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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