Last week, Dev Hynes debuted previously unheard material as part of David Byrne’s music and color guard show, Contemporary Color. Just days later, he’s returned with a new song under his Blood Orange alter ego.
“Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?” is an ambient, 11-minute number featuring flourishes of synth and piano. Hynes’ heartfelt words, however, are the real focus here.
Lines like “Charleston left me broken down but it’s just another day to you,” address the massacre in South Carolina. Others, such as “Frustration and depression breaks me down/ Descending like they wanted underground / The further our journey the less you care/ That’s why you laugh at Kanye when he’s talking in a chair,” reflect on the country’s continued racial issues. There are even moments when Hynes speaks freely, discussing how his last name literally means “servant” in Irish. Listen in below.