Farewell to Musician Sam Mehran

Musician Sam Mehran—founding member of Test Icicles, and also known as Outer Limits Recordings—has sadly passed away at just 31 years old. Along with Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and Rory Attwell, Mehran started the dance-punk band when all three were teenagers. The band released just one record, but each member went on to have successful music careers—writing with other artists, as well as solo …

Blood Orange: Charcoal Baby

Unsurprisingly, Blood Orange’s new track “Charcoal Baby” (from the album Negro Swan) is a sublime, atmospheric song that progresses with gentle beauty. The enthralling track—written by Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) and Porches’ Aaron Maine—sounds similar to the unconventional R&B of 2016’s Freetown Sound, with some jazzy horns and guitars. The Crack Stevens-directed video is a split-screen creation that reflects the song’s spoken-word introduction about …

Porches: Country

With a rippling, emotive surface underscored by an uncertain eeriness, “Country” is the latest release from Porches, aka Aaron Maine. The brief, potent track steps forward with considered escalation, adding backing vocals by Dev Hynes and Bryndon Cook along the way. Maine and Nicholas Harwood co-directed the music video, which introduces a surprise twist with only seconds left to spare.