For a while there, it seemed unclear when Frank Ocean would work on the follow-up to channel Orange or if he would make a follow-up at all. In one interview last year, he hinted that the album might be his last, but more recently we’ve found out that he’s been working on new music. Tonight he revealed to BBC that he is, in fact, working on a new album, and that he’s already made some serious progress on it.
Ocean says he’s “10, 11 songs into this next thing” and adds that “it’s another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again. At the end of channel ORANGE there’s ‘Golden Girl,’ and it’s this beach scene, and I kind of wanted to extend that feeling to the next album altogether, and kind of make it that theme. So I’m going to Bora Bora when I get back.”
He also mentions that he’s going to put in work with Danger Mouse and King Krule, and that he’s a big fan of Tame Impala and has been spending time with Pharrell, but he explains that it’s all part of the creative process and part of meeting with other artists is just getting a feel for what’s going to work.
Hear the full BBC Radio 1 interview below.