11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dev Hynes is a man of many talents, having dabbled in musical excursions as diverse as skronky dance punk (Test Icicles) and oddball folksiness (Lightspeed Champion). He’s also a producer and writer and has worked with artists like Florence + The Machine and Sky Ferreira. As Blood Orange, Hynes slips into something sleek, sexy, and transgressive, with a collection inspired by the film Paris Is Burning, a touching 1990 document of transvestite club culture in New York City. Coastal Grooves is a beautiful thing, with a hint of sadness and a palpable desire lurking under the sheen of ultra-cool confidence. The single “Sutphin Boulevard” is a slow, late-night strut, with a stripped-down ambience that glitters with spiraling, metallic guitar flakes and a terse snare cracking out a slow, catwalk-worthy backbeat. Hynes’ guitar morphs throughout Coastal Grooves as a synth might, taking on various forms as the song calls for them. The midway point of “Forget It” breaks open with a bona fide guitar solo, and on “Champagne Coast” he coaxes an Asian flavor out of the instrument.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dev Hynes is a man of many talents, having dabbled in musical excursions as diverse as skronky dance punk (Test Icicles) and oddball folksiness (Lightspeed Champion). He’s also a producer and writer and has worked with artists like Florence + The Machine and Sky Ferreira. As Blood Orange, Hynes slips into something sleek, sexy, and transgressive, with a collection inspired by the film Paris Is Burning, a touching 1990 document of transvestite club culture in New York City. Coastal Grooves is a beautiful thing, with a hint of sadness and a palpable desire lurking under the sheen of ultra-cool confidence. The single “Sutphin Boulevard” is a slow, late-night strut, with a stripped-down ambience that glitters with spiraling, metallic guitar flakes and a terse snare cracking out a slow, catwalk-worthy backbeat. Hynes’ guitar morphs throughout Coastal Grooves as a synth might, taking on various forms as the song calls for them. The midway point of “Forget It” breaks open with a bona fide guitar solo, and on “Champagne Coast” he coaxes an Asian flavor out of the instrument.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

TURTLE BOYBLUES ,

SUPER KOOL MUSIC

Im really liking the new album,,,,,its a great way to pass time at home with a love one...

bonbon008 ,

Amazing & Unique

I saw Blood Orange for the first time last night - he opened for Florence and the Machine. He's a mixture of Prince & Ghostland Observatory. He totally impressed the entire crowd as his performance was a pleasant surprise. He's AMAZING on the guitar and great voice. I'd buy tickets just to see his own show.

BangGang ,

STELLA

That should be the first thing people utter after getting the full onslaught of this amazingly well constructed piece of audible gold. Blood Orange has meticulously picked shreds of influences to formulate an album conscientous of its roots. The songs are so well written that it would be short of ludicrous to not appreciate the beauty of their structure. Put in some bare bones production work and voila! True elbow grease in audible crack form. This album is argubaly one of the best to come out in many moons. Don't sell yourself short while skimming through iTunes garbage. This is an amazing piece of work and will undoubtedly keep you scouring for more similar pieces. Good luck though. Blood Orange has carved a niche that seems to come with splinters, leaving naysayers ill-equipped to tread on water as pristine as this.

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