Blood Orange is the current alt-persona of Essex boy Devonte Hynes who set off for New York City with his belongings slung across his shoulder on a stick to record his new album 'Coastal Grooves'. He has said that he wanted to make a bunch of songs "...that could be sung by a drag queen". The characters he has conceived to tell these tales leap into being fully-formed and draw us into their poignant stories.
There are ten numbers in the set. The sound is full and jangly with some fine guitar playing, strong melodies and highly evocative lyrics. Mr Hynes has a good voice which rides fairly high on the stave and brings his creations to life with not inconsiderable elan. Sometimes almost a whisper - the lovely 'S'Cooled'' and occasionally a more full-bodied delivery - the curious Japanese-spageghetti-western confection 'Can We Go Inside', (a notable highlight) wherin he spins a tale with vivid authenticity from his female protagonist's perspective. The gently funky final track 'Champagne Coast' has an especially satisfying groove. The floating vocal harmonies are beautifully crafted. All-in-all a splendid musical feast.
'Coastal Grooves' lingers long in the memory and generates considerable empathy for his colourful cast of marginal souls.
Every track is a corker....this albums just sucks you in...Stick with it after 3 listens you wont stop listening. Prince meets Ennio Morricone meets Ariel Pink meets John Maus..One of the best albums i have ever heard and ive had a few :)
To me, this album sounds like a cross between Lloyd Cole style vocals and 50s retro guitar riffs, and it works well. There isn't a track on the album I dislike. I would recommend this album to anyone who is totally out of touch with what's in the charts (like me) and dislikes all the boy-band, big band, tribute band popular tripe which is around these days!