Yes, Frank Ocean Finally Dropped an Album
Frank Ocean fans got a little gift late Thursday night, but it wasn’t the one they expected. After telling supporters that his long awaited Boys Don’t Cry album would be dropping two weeks ago, whipping the music world into a frenzy, the time flew by and Ocean’s devotees were left without any new songs.
Now, they’ve got a visual album called Endless.
Endless is a 45-minute experience that shows Ocean building a staircase in the middle of an barren warehouse, while his (new!) music plays in the background. The extended clip counts 18 songs in total, including “Alabama,” U-N-I-T-Y,” “Commes Des Garcons,” “Wither,” “In Here Somewhere,” “Sideways,” “Mine,” “Hublots,” “Slide on Me,” “Florida,” “Deathwish (ASR),” “Rushes,” “Rushes To” and “Higgs.” There is also a stripped down cover of the Isley Brothers’ “At Your Best” and two interludes.
Endless isn’t the album Ocean fans expected, but they’re loving it just the same. Over on Twitter, Frank’s long-suffering supporters rejoiced that they finally had something new to listen to–and the best part, they’re feeling it too.
When you realise it ain't a drill.. Frank Ocean has ACTUALLY dropped a new album pic.twitter.com/x1GwvRxxW1
— Scarlett Ellis (@sellisx) August 19, 2016
— Captain Kirk (@ILLCapitano94) August 19, 2016
Me July 31st, 11:59pm: I'm done we're never getting new Frank Ocean
Me listening to the livestream for 2 seconds: pic.twitter.com/MnukjNFHdi
— daddy jawn misty (@calilacs) August 19, 2016
Me looking at Frank #Ocean right now.
All is forgiven. pic.twitter.com/g8tWLMhsB4
— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) August 19, 2016
Crying tears of Frank Ocean
Ocean’s new offering features a host of low-key guest appearances, including singers Jazmine Sullivan and Samph; Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, who provided string orchestration; Arca, a Venezuelan electronic producer; and Alex G, a singer-songwriter from Philly.
Endless showcases Ocean’s simple yet reflective style, as the singer/rapper drops poignant lyrics over laid back sounds. In “U-N-I-T-Y” Ocean raps about Palestine, Chiraq, and urban violence, for example, and after the opening Isley cover he launches into a tale about his native New Orleans. Ocean’s ability to drop thought-provoking rhymes over sparse yet interesting beats has made him a favorite. Plus, fans just love his vibe.
Oh, and he might not be done yet. According to a rep for Apple Music–the only place you can stream Endless–Ocean fans should “keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank.”
So, maybe Boys Don’t Cry really is on the way?
Who knows, but right now Ocean fans are all in the feelings, and for good reason.
Listen to Endless on Apple Music.