There’s no word on when a possible follow-up to Frank Ocean’s acclaimed Channel Orange will be released, but after revealing at the Grammys to BBC Radio 1 that he was “10, 11 songs” into his next release, the R&B crooner debuted three new songs last night (June 25) at a concert in Munich, Germany.
One of the videos was a mere 50-second clip of a song, while the other two videos seem to be entire tunes. All three songs seem to have the same general Ocean spirit put forth on Channel Orange and its preceding mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA. Ocean meanders through each track, pulling different progressions and melodies out of thin air while minimal instrumental backing accompanies him.
One song in particular, below, is a four-minute track that includes sunny, spacy guitar accompaniment that recalls OutKast’s zoned out “Prototype” (Ocean’s worked with Andre 3000 in the past, so perhaps Andre had something to do with it?). “I’d do anything for you,” Ocean repeats as percussion kicks in toward the song’s end.
The song definitely has a ’60s rock vibe, which falls in line with an interview Ocean did with MTV, claiming the Beatles and the Beach Boys as influences on the new record. However, the other two songs are straightforward Ocean, the open-ended R&B/soul that caught the attention of a swooning general public in the first place.
Sadly, the new songs don’t have any of the influences we’d like to see on a new Frank Ocean release, but you can’t win ‘em all, right? Still holding out for that rustic folk phase.
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com