After what felt like several hundred years (but was actually just four years), Frank Ocean has finally released new music. Sort of. We’ll take what we can get.
Ocean, born Christopher Breaux, has been teasing a live stream on his website for weeks. Though the album was supposed to be released numerous times (seriously, it’s been scheduled for release an estimated 13 times) under the name Boys Don’t Cry, Ocean previewed the upcoming tracks for the album, now named Endless, in the early hours of August 19. Endless is an appropriate name because that’s exactly how the wait for this album felt.
The live stream began weeks ago on a past “release date” that sent the internet into an angry spiral. After watchers logged onto his website, they only saw Ocean occasionally playing with blocks and heard the vague noises of indistinguishable music. It made little sense and social media was pissed.
Now, Ocean has made good on his promise and there’s some tangible proof that an album is coming. He connected the previous, more confusing live stream with a reference to building a new home or the creation of something new. In the most recent live stream, Ocean built a staircase in the barren warehouse that has been the soundless source of contempt for Frank Ocean fans.
New tracks played in the background, these more distinguishable, albeit a bit more stream-of-consciousness style, flowing into one another. For anyone left excited but confused, Apple Music says that the full album will be released this weekend, with accompanying visuals to be expected. In anticipation, they’ve also created new playlists of Ocean’s older music.
Here’s hoping it has been worth the wait.
Listen to Endless by Frank Ocean on Apple Music
Listen to Frank Ocean’s long-awaited third album on Apple Music when it comes out this weekend. This is only available to Apple Music users. Check out the preview on Apple Music as well.
Frank Ocean Endless Track List
1. “Device Control”
4. “Commes Des Garcons”
6. “In Here Somewhere”
7. “At Your Best (You Are Love)”
9. Ambience 001: “In a Certain Way”
10. Ambience 002: “Honeybaby”
12. “Slide on Me”