One of our favourite albums of 2011 was Coastal Grooves by Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes. It was our “dancing in the dark, alone” or club grooves for loners record. Directed by Haley Wollens, the video for “Champagne Coast” features an assortment of jerkily animated girls dancing in each of their specifically designed bedrooms, while Dev Hynes stands idly by. Basically a Second Life pop video.
As Dev explained recently in The New York Times: “The song, as with every other piece of music I seem to make, is mostly about longing, creating scenarios in regards to an unrequited lover, plans that will never see fruition. So you’re left alone in your digitally created interior to dance by yourself”. Blood Orange has been confirmed to play at this year’s Field Day Festival in London’s Victoria Park on June 2nd. Further UK dates are to be announced.