Devonté Hynes, aka Blood Orange, has just announced latest music project, which will be a collection of classical music compositions.
The album will be titled Fields, and is set up for a release on October 11.
Blood Orange has teamed up with Chicago based ensemble Third Coast Percussion to produce what will be his first classical music album.
Fields is split into two sections with a track list of 13 songs. The first is a suite titled For All It’s Fury which features the first 11 tracks of the album. The second is two extra compositions titled Perfectly Voiceless and There Was Nothing.
Hynes wrote all the music in a Digital Audio Workstation and then sent the recordings to Third Coast Percussion who orchestrated and rearranged them for their own instruments.
“This was the first time I’ve written music that I’ve never played, and I love that” says Hynes. “It’s something I’ve always been striving to get to. Seeing what Third Coast Percussion had done with these pieces was magical”.
This isn’t Hynes’ first venture into classical music. The New York artist’s unique approach to musical landscapes also saw him perform with classical music pioneer Philip Glass on several occasions, as well as his 2017 residency in Florence saw him compose a classical piece titled Suite Per il Servo Moro.
2019 has been a huge year for Blood Orange, where he released a 14-track mixtape just last month titled Angel’s Pulse which came off the back of his celebrated 2018 LP Negro Swan.
Check out the track list and eclectic clip for Benzo below:
12 Perfectly Voiceless
13 There Was Nothing