Frank Ocean has surprised his fans, by releasing his highly anticipated album, ‘Channel Orange‘, a week early. Having had the opportunity to collaborate with many of his creative heroes, including, Earl Sweatshirt (Odd Future bandmate), John Mayer, and Andre 3000, ‘Channel Orange‘ displays a huge creative and musical statement, that has unfolded in quite a short period of time.
Ocean decided to release the album a week earlier, to avoid any leaks. He wanted all the promo to be retroactive and follow the album with a video and tour, similar to how Jay Z and Kanye West released their ‘Watch The Throne’ album.
“I wanted to let the music speak for itself”
The Album consists of 17 tracks and has a clear beginning, middle and end, which a lot of people forget about these days. Ocean wanted to make things cohesive, and follow through on the album, from start to finish.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, Ocean said he wanted to do something he hadn’t done before, including structurally with his songs. Instead of a typical studio environment, Frank rented a house in LA, where he recorded Pyramids, Lost … and made very good use of the swimming pool. Ocean was conscious that he completed this project with a limited amount of people and was lucky to get creative feedback, from many of his creative heroes, who he values so greatly.
“I wanted to create something true to what I heard in my head, and true to what i thought the future should be for me – music wise… I just hope I’m allowed do this for as long as I can”
Frank Ocean has a busy few months ahead of him. He will soon embark upon his own ‘Channel Orange’ US tour, International festivals such as Lollapalooza in Chicago, Way Out West in Sweden, V Festival, Bestival and supporting Coldplay on their tour.