Frank Ocean has released new music. This is not a drill.
Pitchfork reports that Ocean finally emerged from his four-year hiatus and released an album of new material while everyone was tuning into the Rio Olympics. But the album isn’t called Boys Don’t Cry, the name that fans had been expecting for months. The name of the album is Endless, and it’s a visual album.
omg frank ocean is this real?!
— chloe x halle (@chloeandhalle) August 19, 2016
According to Pitchfork, a representative from Apple Music confirmed that Endless is in fact a new body of music from Frank and not just a long form 45-minute music video streaming on his website Boysdontcry.co. The representative also allegedly gave Pitchfork a heads up about even more material coming from the usually elusive singer this weekend.
It seems that Boys Don’t Cry is still going to be released, and it could happen sooner than later, Pitchfork reports.
— Consequence of Sound (@coslive) August 19, 2016
Recently, there have been some serious hints that a new Frank Ocean album was on the horizon, four years after the release of his last album Channel Orange.
As Pitchfork reports, about a week ago a mysterious live stream appeared on the Boys Don’t Cry website. At first, the video showed nothing but some workbenches in a room with quiet talking in the background. Later on in the video, you can see a huge boombox. According to Pitchfork, this is the work of artist Tom Sachs who collaborated with Frank on the video. The piece in Frank’s video is called Toyan’s and is on show at the Brooklyn Museum. According to Fader, Frank submitted a playlist that would be played by the extra-large boombox at the museum.
Sachs told Fader to expect some pretty amazing things from Frank’s new music.
“I speak for all mankind when I say I can’t wait to see what’s to come,” Sachs said.
Tonight, the world saw a glimpse of “what’s to come” with the release of Endless. As Billboard reports, the release was pretty low-key. The “Novocane” singer reappeared on the live-stream and started building what looked like a staircase. In the background, the new Frank Ocean music played.
According to Consequence of Sound, Endless has an impressive list of musical collaborators. That list includes crooner James Blake, R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan, and Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood. Blake and Greenwood are featured on a cover of the Isley Brothers’ track “At Your Best (You Are Love),” while Sullivan is featured on four songs: “Alabama,” “Wither,” “Hubolts,” and “Rushes.” British R&B vocalist Sampha and producer Arca are also listed as collaborators on Endless.
On social media so far, the reaction to the new Frank Ocean music release has been a mix of disbelief, surprise, and happiness from his fans. This is something that has been teased for a long time but hasn’t materialized until now. Frank Ocean fans have been waiting impatiently for years.
— Mic (@mic) August 19, 2016
Frank Ocean… You did good, but WE WANT MORE!!!
— Kodi Gaddis (@KodiGaddis) August 19, 2016
Damn, this new Frank Ocean really came in clutch tonight
— Kamryn (@kamrodriguezz) August 19, 2016
Although Frank Ocean fans seem to be pretty happy with Endless, the question still remains: Is Boys Don’t Cry still going to be released? According to Rolling Stone, the answer is yes to an album, but it may not be named Boys Don’t Cry. That title has been ditched, and the new Frank Ocean album will be released under a different name.
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