BLOOD ORANGE (a.k.a. Devonté “Dev” Hynes) is one of my favorite people in the Universe right now. I’ve been a fan of his music ever since I came across his brilliant video for “Champagne Coast” back in April 2012. Then I fell in love with him all over again a couple of weeks ago when I became instantly obsessed with the trailer for Gia Coppola’s upcoming film PALO ALTO (based on a book of short stories written by James Franco) for which Dev Hynes scored the original soundtrack. The second half of the trailer features a gorgeous not-yet-released track from Hynes which I was obsessed with for days (and still am I must admit). The song will be released with the soundtrack whenever PALO ALTO gets its release date, so I will definitely keep you posted on that as soon as the details are announced.
In the meantime, he released the very first single off his upcoming new album Cupid Deluxe last night, and it’s absolutely stunning. Entitled “Chamakay”, the video tells the story of Hynes’ recent trip to Georgetown, Guyana on the northern coast of South America, where he visits his mother’s home town. His mom hasn’t been back to Guyana for 30 years now (three years before Hynes was even born), and the visit was a personal one to say the least — culminating in Hynes’ meeting up with his 92-year-old grandfather for the very first time. It’s a beautiful song made even more beautiful by the touching backstory that comes with the video.
You can pick up your own copy of “Chamakay” via iTunes, and for all things BLOOD ORANGE be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Soundcloud. You can also visit his home label at Domino Records for the latest updates on his Cupid Deluxe release.