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Watch Blood Orange’s Impressionistic ‘Freetown Sound’ Short Film

Artful clip, co-directed by Devonté Hynes, is soundtracked by “With Him,” “Best to You” and “Better Numb”


Devonté Hynes co-directed an experimental short film soundtracked by songs from his 2016 Blood Orange LP, Freetown Sound. The impressionistic clip features snippets of “With Him,” “Best to You” and “Better Numb,” three highlights from the acclaimed album, which Rolling Stone named the 28th-best of last year.

Hynes and filmmaker Luke Gilford collaborated on the project, which cuts abruptly between a series of vignettes. Throughout, the singer plays cello and violin, runs shirtless in slow-motion through a neighborhood at dusk, dances artfully on an empty stage and stands near flashing police lights with a woman and baby. Singer-songwriter Empress Of lip-synchs her “Best to You” vocal during a segment scored by the electro-pop track. 

In January, Hynes teamed with Starchild & the New Romantic’s Bryndon Cook to form a new group, VeilHymn. Last month, the duo released a video for “Hymn,” their atmospheric electro-soul slow-jam.


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