Blood Orange has announced their fourth album, Negro Swan, due out on Aug. 24 via Domino Records.
The release follows Blood Orange’s critically acclaimed third effort, Freetown Sound, which came out in 2016. Devonté Hynes, the mastermind behind the R&B outfit, elaborated on the themes of Negro Swan.
“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 color,” he writes in the press release announcing the album. “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.”
An LP release will follow the digital release. Additionally, there will be a deluxe double-LP pressed on limited edition gold vinyl with a double-sided 24 x 36 poster. The indie retail version deluxe double-LP is pressed on orange vinyl.
Hynes has released a trailer and the artwork for the album on his Instagram. Both posts are available below.
Blood Orange will be touring in support of Negro Swan this fall. All tour dates are listed below.
July 21 – Chicago, IL @ Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival
Aug. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga Festival
Sept. 14 – Vancouver, BC @ The Orpheum, Westward Music Festival
Sept. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Sept. 16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
Sept. 20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Sept. 21 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Sept. 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival
Sept. 26 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
Sept. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Sept. 28 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Oct. 1 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct. 2 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 6. – Austin, TX @ Zilker Park, Austin City Limits
Oct. 13 – Austin, TX @ Zilker Park, Austin City Limits
Oct. 29 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Oct. 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Max
Nov. 2 – Paris, FR @ Grande Halle de la Villette – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Nov. 3 – Sun Nov 4 – Turin, IT @ Lingotto Fiere, Club To Club Festival
Nov. 6 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
Nov. 8 – Copenhagen, DK @ The Grey Hall
Nov. 7 – Sat Nov 10 @ Reykjavík, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival