Devonté Hynes has quietly cultivated one of the best discographies this decade, and this is another stellar addition to his already incredible catalogue. Negro Swan is Hynes’s fourth album as Blood Orange. It’s also his most personal and introspective effort to date. He meditates on the human desire to be loved and accepted. Even Puff Daddy, a man known for his confidence and bravado, shows a more vulnerable, human side of himself on the track “Hope.” This album’s themes are perfectly placed over one of the most gorgeous soundscapes of the year. The record is narrated by author and trans rights activist, Janet Mock, who emphasizes the importance of staying true to yourself and not letting people’s ideas and opinions dictate who you are. Negro Swan is a beautiful and deeply engaging body of work, cementing Hynes as one of the greatest artists of his generation.
Trial Track: “Jewelry”