Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, just had some “things” on his mind on Wednesday when he released “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?” which is separated in two distinct parts.
The first is a more traditionally structured song, with production all by Hynes, powered by a poetically read introduction followed by singing. “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,” Hynes sings. “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.”
The back half is Hynes verbally riffing on his own racial identity and his family’s past, including his researching the origin of his surname. “It’s an Irish name meaning ‘servant,’ ” he says. “Not only is my last name a name that originated from slave trade, but it literally means ‘a servant.’ “
Listen to the full song, all 11 minutes, below.