Can you believe it’s already been four years since Frank Ocean dropped his debut album Channel Orange then suddenly disappeared from center stage?
We’re finally able to get our hopes back up for now at the possibility of Frank’s return as new details on his forthcoming sophomore release have been confirmed by members of his production team.
Grammy Award-winning producer Malay, who has multiple hits alongside John Legend, Fantasia and Stacy Barthe, recently told Pitchfork that the album could come “maybe in a month.” According to Malay, the album’s new musical direction may also be a surprise to fans.
What’s still the biggest surprise is how quiet Frank has been with the release of any new music. The last we’ve heard anything from him on his own was last April’s announcement of the album’s name “Boys Don’t Cry” via his Tumblr page. That news also accompanied another Tumblr release of in the form of a birthday tribute to Aaliyah featuring his sweetened falsetto cover of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 hit “At Your Best (Your Are Love).”
Despite the project and its progress being kept under tight wraps for whatever reason, Frank Ocean can be heard on Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise 2013 project on “Superpower” and most recently on Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo released earlier this year.