The year is 2012 and a good friend sends me a young artist she thinks I might like. The album reads "channel ORANGE" in striking orange colour. The name immediately sticks to my mind: FRANK OCEAN. I have had an affinity towards this name every since Amy Winehouse's album FRANK in 2003. The music in this album is beautiful, transcendent, out of this world. I'm encountering a true story teller, that sings of love, memories and deep emotional states. It's beautiful.
Frank Ocean is 28 years old, New Orleans born and raised, American rapper that started off as a ghost writer for artists such as John Legend. In 2010 he joined Odd Future and the next year he released nostalgia ULTRA which is an album that I love from beginning to end. Frank describes himself as a "visual artist" and the visuals prove it.
On commenting Novacane's video, Frank says: "I was just trying to connect or articulate visually the feeling of being numb. The feeling of wanting to feel something you can't feel."
In 2012 Frank Ocean posted an open letter on his Tumblr account, stating his love for another man, when he was 19 years old. A hip-hop artist to come openly as gay was something new for the community, but Frank received generally positive appraisal.
His music has stuck with me ever since 2012 and I come forth and back to it wherever, whenever. Recently I was watching his live performances and suddenly found myself in tears. His voice and his act.. it's all too beautiful.
Frank Ocean has his own style and often he seems awkward, but in other times he looks extremely confident. He rarely gives interviews or appears publicly and as he himself states, people have no idea what he does when he's not in the studio. We have been waiting for a new album since 2013! The album was supposed to be out in 2014..then came 2015.. Hopefully 2016 would be the winning year.
Until then, I will have nostalgia ULTRA and channel ORANGE to keep me warm.