Last week, we posted a stream of Blood Orange's sophomore album, the delightful Cupid Deluxe. Today, Dev Hynes (the project's sole permanent member) posted a video for album closer "Time Will Tell" on his official YouTube channel.
The video is composed of one shot, which follows Hynes around a large, smoke filled room as he plays piano for a bit, and then launches into a meticulously choreographed dance routine. It's a little strange to see him voguing so gracefully, but when you learn that his Blood Orange project was heavily influenced by "the gay ball scene in New York in the ’80s," the catwalk-ready moves make more sense.
The song itself has an interesting origin story, which Hynes shares in the YouTube description for this video:
"Time Will Tell" is the closing track from the album CUPID DELUXE. The song itself was recorded live in a one take that lasted about 15 minutes I ad-libbed the vocals recalling lyrics from songs of mine and a song by Adam Bainbridge (which he was unaware i was going to do). Adam was on the drum machine, Blue May on guitar, Sam Beste on piano, & Tawiah on backing vocals. I then took some of my vocals from towards the end and overlaid it as a backing vocal."
Choreography made with Juri Onuki.
Directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz.