Frank Ocean’s Visual Album ‘Endless’ Has Arrived
Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE followup is finally here. Or is it?
After what's felt like a lifetime for diehard fans (and a period of false starts that, honestly, raised his artistic cachet as much as it's raised already-high expectations), Ocean released his visual album Endless on August 19.
In the past two years, the few updates Ocean had provided about his new album had come by way of his Tumblr, the singer's preferred mode of public communication, and then an inaugural post on his Boys Don't Cry website. Even these clues were few and far between, and possibly wound up meaning nothing at all: In April of 2015, Ocean posted a photo of himself with two stacks of magazines titled Boys Don't Cry. Though it was captioned “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions.” #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY," we received nary a single version of anything.
Now, it seems, he might have meant two albums.
The 45-minute long Endless "visual album" is just the beginning. "Keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank," says a rep from Apple Music to Pitchfork. The album includes collaborations with Jonny Greenwood, Jazmine Sullivan, James Blake and Arca. There's also a cover of The Isley Brothers' "At Your Best (You Are Love)."
Over a year after posting his magazine stacks, a post with a graphic of a library due date card appeared to tease a July 2016 release. Though July came and went, August 1 brought a mysterious, possibly-looped video called "Endless," in which viewers heard a mix of white noise, instrumentals, and the sound of Ocean doing some woodworking onscreen.
Fortunately, Ocean delivered the Endless goods. Find the tracklist below, and watch Endless on Apple Music.
01 Device Control
02 At Your Best (You Are Love) (Isley Brothers cover)
06 Ambience 001: “In a Certain Way”
07 Commes Des Garcons
08 Ambience 002: “Honeybaby”
11 In Here Somewhere
12 Slide on Me
15 Deathwish (ASR)
17 Rushes To
The full album credits, courtesy of FADER: