Blood Orange - "Time Will Tell"
With today's retro-tinged indie pop often comes a coolness that waters down the feeling behind the music. Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange is one of the coolest, most stylish guys in music right now, but that doesn't interfere with his greatest strength: his songwriting. On "Time Will Tell," off the new Blood Orange album, Cupid Deluxe, the influence of Michael Jackson is strong (especially in the video), but it was recorded in one take and maintains a raw edge that gives it an organic, earnest feel. Songs like Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" and Solange's "Losing You"—songs that Dev had a hand in writing—feel complete, but the unpolished "Time Will Tell" feels as real as anything Dev's ever had a role in. - Confusion