Blood Orange Unveils New Song, ‘Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?’
Blood Orange -- the stage name for singer-songwriter Dev Hynes -- has unveiled “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?”, an 11-minute song addressing racism, including the recent shooting deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. Listen below.
The song features Hynes’ spoken-word verses and singing, which is spliced with a voicemail from Canadian-Trinidadian artist and musician Talwst. At various points throughout the song, Hynes ruminates, “It’s powerful to feel so alone in a group,” and, “Charleston left me broken down but it’s just another day to you.”
It’s been two years since Hynes dropped, Cupid Deluxe, his critically lauded sophomore album as Blood Orange. However, on his Soundcloud, the singer makes sure to note that “Do You See My Skin” is not a precurosr for a new album. “This is not from my forthcoming album," he writes, “just some things on my mind.”
Last month, Hynes unveiled the new song, “Black Watch,” as a part of David Byrne’s Contemporary Color performance, which featured color guard team routines set to new music from a variety of artists, including Hynes, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and more. Hynes also recently shared a scrapped film score; you can listen to that here.
Blood Orange – 'Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?'