Much to our pleasant surprise, Blood Orange dropped his widely anticipated third album, Freetown Sound, yesterday, three days before its scheduled release date. The video for the album’s second track, “Augustine,” was released yesterday as well. The song itself has already garnered a Best New Music and wide public acclaim, and features Dev Hynes capitalizing on what he knows how to do best – give new life to synth-filled, breathy tracks reminiscent of a club long past. The video explores the openness of spaces and how people interact with each other inside and outside of them: a dusty, empty loft shows an expressive Hynes with his piano; a sunset rooftop dance party finds participants letting their limbs go with purposeful abandon; at a chicken restaurant, Hynes, lost in the music, ignores his food and his friend.
Recently dubbed the “last bohemian” by the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, Hynes is known for being quietly prolific, lending an ear or a hand to all sorts of artistic projects across New York City. The video captures this well, with cameos from The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas, Porches’ Aaron Maine, and Starchild’s Bryndon Cook. Hynes blends these musicians into the fabric of his own personal city landscape, and as the final shot of the sunset deliciously envelops you, so does the song.
– Nina Posner