Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless,' including a song called 'Florida'
Florida. It's everywhere, man. It's even on Frank Ocean's new album.
After what seems like eons of waiting for an impatient Internet, the reclusive future-R&B singer finally dropped a new album -- technically a "visual album" -- called Endless late Thursday via Apple music. And it includes a song called Florida.
Actually, "song" might be stretching it -- Endless is a long, ambient soundscape that drifts in and out of various states of melancholy and moodiness as Ocean builds himself a spiral staircase. According to lyrical bible Genius, it lasts a mere 37 seconds (25:12 to 25.49) and features Ocean crooning a distant, distorted "Are you with me?" over sparse clicks and tones.
According to Rolling Stone, Endless is actually a precursor to Ocean's "real" follow-up to 2011's Grammy-winning Channel Orange, which may or may not be titled Boys Don't Cry, and which could be released as soon this weekend.
No word on whether Florida will make the cut for that album. But the Sunshine State has definitely been on the singer's mind this year. In June, he posted an open letter on Tumblr in the wake of Orlando's Pulse nightclub shootings.
"Many hate us and wish we didn't exist," said the singer, who has identified as bisexual. "Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don't see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?"
-- Jay Cridlin