Now moving forward with his feature 2019 release Angel’s Pulse, the sheer sentimental emotion that rushes over the listener through the 32-minute feature-length movie without the image both graces and breaks the audience. The first opening track “I Wanna C U” is a joyful push with one step in front of the other as Devonté Hynes flexes his muscular vocal cords over a joyous and triumphant return to sound. From producing, writing, and performance; Devonté Hynes is essentially a monument that stands on the shoulders of marble pillars.
Acting more as a blessing underneath a musical backing, Blood Orange moves through the crowd of sound like a holy child. Untouchable by sheer transitions and key changes, but with the recruitment of Toro y Moi on the track “Dark & Handsome,” the two have a chemistry that seems made in heaven. Their voices move together as two pieces of a similar coin that ultimately shines without ever pushing stress on the listener, with sporadic 808s that are perfectly scattered to bring a layer of welcome surprise to the record.
Blood Orange creates a Three 6 Mafia reunion on “Gold Teeth” where both Project Pat and Gangsta Boo enter the frame to complete verses over the soulful strings of Blood Orange’s love child. It is a sudden twist from the often peaceful renditions from Blood Orange, but a flawless addition that adds variety to an already unique record.
As the final moments wrap under this silk curtain call, Blood Orange once again strikes a glorious vein with his newest musical venture. Angel’s Pulse strikes not as a quick viper, but as a slithering python snake that wraps itself around the listener, constricting them until they are covered in a sheath of warm, but forgiving sound.