Much to the delight of his ardent fans everywhere, Frank Ocean has finally dropped a new album after four long years. The final product is a black and white visual 45-minute album titled Endless that shows Ocean working in the artist’s studio that he introduced to us in a live stream earlier this month.
There’s more to this musical supplication, however, than meets the eye; here’s everything you might have missed about Endless.
This visual album isn’t actually the long-awaited album we’ve been waiting for for four years, but don’t worry — there’s more to come: Rolling Stone confirmed with Apple Music that Endless is its own project and that Frank has a separate album debuting this weekend. It will not, however, be called Boys Don’t Cry as long speculated.
The collaborators are what musical dreams are made of: Frank didn’t play around when it came to musical contributions on this album. The final project boasts collaborations with Pharrell, John Mayer, André 3000, James Blake, Jazmine Sullivan and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, as well as his Odd Future homies Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator.
Frank’s unabashed crush on Aaliyah comes through strong on this album: In 2015, Ocean released a cover titled “You Are Luhh” on Aaliyah’s 36th birthday to pay homage to her cover of the Isley Brothers’ “At Your Best (You Are Love)” that appeared on her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. On Endless, Ocean rearranges his cover to create the opener for the album.
The stark black and white video footage has some serious fashion and art cred: Frank’s visual album was directed by Francisco Soriano and shows Frank and multiple doppelgangers clad in Jesus and Mary Chain shirts and Playboy bunny sweaters.
The Frank Ocean fan conspiracy theories are true: During the visual album stream, Frank and his multiple iterations, do the wood working that appeared in his mysterious live stream that he posted on his website earlier in August; he eventually builds a staircase that leads to nowhere, which one Reddit user theorized earlier would be a part of his final project.
While the album is only 45 minutes, it has an 18-song tracklist, which we’ve included for your viewing pleasure below:
- Device Control
- Commes Des Garçons
- In Here Somewhere
- At Your Best (You Are Love)
- Ambience 001: “In a Certain Way”
- Ambience 002: “Honeybaby”
- Slide on Me
- Deathwish (ASR)
- Rushes T