In 2012, Frank Ocean stepped directly into a very bright spotlight. He made one of the best albums of the year with Channel Orange, and with one simple letter posted to Tumblr, he managed to spark a discussion that went way beyond the personal life of a single man. He seems like the kind of artist who could be sharing albums with us for a very, very long time, but that may not be the case.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Frank revealed that Channel Orange may be his last album.
“I focus on both sonics and story, but music sometimes, just music itself, can turn into more of a maths problem. I guess everything in life is a math problem, but it can be more about an empirical route to getting the symmetry that you want, and this vibe, sonically. But storytelling’s a different thing. Like I said, it’s the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!”
When the interviewer pointed out that Frank had just been in the studio, he explained that it was working on another artist.
As serious as he sounds, he also shares that he still gets plenty of enjoyment out of making music. When asked if Channel Orange would really be his last album, he explained, “It could be. It could be it, if I flew next week and my plane crashed! It could be it if somebody walked along and shot me for my bracelet or something. It could always be it. The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing cos that’s just … that’s just telling yourself a lie. But I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.”
So there it is. Frank Ocean says he might not make another album. Given the demand for more Frank Ocean, the level of quality that he’s capable of, the growth he’ll probably experience over the coming years, and the fact that he’s still enjoying making music, we’d put our money on more Frank Ocean albums in the future.