Dev Hynes details new album, says it’s “78% done”

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The Blood Orange artist has described it as “a little dark”

Earlier this year, Hynes announced that he was working on a follow-up to 2016’s Freetown Sound. Over the weekend, at The New Yorker Festival, the artist detailed his new album, sharing that it will “deal with growing up” and the theme of “childhood in England.”

Born and raised in East London’s Ilford, Hynes talked about how the area was “one of the only places in England where the BNP, which is the British National Party, a.k.a. the racist party – ‘Keep Britain White’ was one of their campaigns – were constantly elected in power.”

On the album, he added, “If Freetown was delving into my parents from my eyes, being younger and now, this one is definitely me looking at my younger self, growing up in that setting. So yeah, it’s a little dark.”

Recently, Hynes dropped the track BOWERYLDN EDIT 6 15 SEPTEMBER on his Soundcloud, and starred in Charlotte Gainsbourg’s video for Deadly ValentineHe also invited pioneering composer Philip Glass to his NYC loft for a video interview.

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