Freetown Sound, Dev Hynes’s third album under the moniker Blood Orange, is garnering praise for both its sound and its substantial examination of racial identity. Pitchfork writes, “Freetown resonates with everyone sagging under the weight of systemic oppression.” Consequence of Sound’s review celebrated Hynes’s achievement in the marriage of sound and subject matter:
Hynes has built a career of combining seemingly divergent and outdated musical genres to find emotional resonance, and in that sense Freetown Sound is the culmination of what he’s been building towards. Sprawling and messy by design, the album covers the complicated sentiments that exist in modern culture that refuse to be reduced to a mere talking point.
Watch the video for “Augustine” off of Freetown Sound after the jump.