Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange has officially finished his fourth album, and to prepare listeners, he’s returned with a brief teaser for the project.
“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 colour,” he said of his new album, Negro Swan, in a press release. “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.”
While the full track list has yet to be released, it’s been confirmed that neither “Christopher & 6th” nor “June 12th”—which Hynes released to commemorate Black History Month—will be included on the album.
Negro Swan comes two years after the release of Freetown Sound, which he once likened to a Beastie Boys classic.
“It’s like my version of Paul’s Boutique,” he told Pitchfork around the time of its release. “It kind of plays like a long mixtape.”
As NME notes, last month Hynes attended Virgil Abloh’s first fashion show for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week. On Saturday (July 21), he’ll kick off his Negro Swan fall tour in Chicago, IL at Union Park during the Pitchfork Music Festival. Check out full tour dates below, and stay tuned for the release of the album when it drops on August 24.
A Domino Mart deluxe double LP will be pressed on limited edition gold vinyl with a double-sided 24 x 36 poster and MP3s. The indie retail version deluxe double LP will be pressed on orange vinyl, and you can pre-order the album here or from the Domino Mart.
Negro Swan Tour Dates:
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