Frank Ocean teases us to tears with an Apple Music-hosted live-stream on his website today. The live-stream (or looped video) graces us with images of work benches in a warehouse-style room/studio, and occasional muffled voices. But what does this mean — is the album coming? Is Ocean testing out his new video camera? Or does this mean anything at all?
Ocean’s album Boy’s Don’t Cry is one of the most anticipated albums of, well, last year. After the dust from Channel Orange settled in 2012, all Ocean’s fans could think of was when they’d get their next dose of Frank. However, four years later, and we’re still waiting for Ocean’s Godot-like album.
The title Boys Don’t Cry references a song by The Cure, and matches Ocean’s soulful sensitivity. Frank is a mystery, and is certainly keeping up his mystique.
Ocean’s website recently teased a photo of a library slip, with album release dates stamped up until July 2016. As the calendar rolled into August today, the live-stream might be there to acknowledge the (yet again) late due date. Ocean must never have been popular with his school librarian.
This isn’t to say that Ocean hasn’t been working hard, as opposed to hardly workin’. Ocean sang on Kanye‘s song “Frank’s Track” on The Life of Pablo — a high honor considering how much Kanye loves Kanye. Ocean also worked on James Blake‘s recent album The Colour in Anything, and starred in Calvin Klein‘s 2016 campaign.
We can only hope that this live-streamed sign of life, like a digital lighthouse, might have us out of this dark and stormy ocean soon.
Frank — we are thinking about you, and it feels like forever. Check out a picture from the live-stream below:
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