Dev Hynes has shared a new one-off Blood Orange track called “Do You See My Skin Through The Flames?,” which he says is not part of his upcoming album and is “just some things on [his] mind.” It’s a 10-minute suite of stitched together ideas: freeform jazz, voicemails, field recordings, a long musing from Hynes talking about the origin of his last name and his motivation for making music, some bits and pieces of a more traditional song. There’s a lot to unpack here, but it’s a kaleidoscope of different ideas and concepts from one of the brightest minds in the music world. It’s beautiful throughout — take it in below.
Here’s a selection of the lyrics that Hynes has provided:
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
but the same conversation but replaced,
is good enough for laughs or a smile on your face,
happy to be singing all our songs to survive,
but when we need help, you don’t get off til 5.
it’s powerful to feel so alone in a group
let me break this down for you and tell you how we feel again,
your fear is all you hold on to, so when you see me it’s not fair
i have nothing left to give when you don’t notice what is wrong,
Charleston left me broken down but it’s just another day to you
i ain’t got nothing left to give you
and i’m too tired, to even talk about it
while watching the fire,
tasting pain coming from a place of truth
to be another in a messy world
to feel like giving in another turn?
you wouldn’t listen if i told you
so how can i become anyone?