If there is any music artist that is perfectly suited for our current situation — someone who works in isolation, rarely appears in large public spaces and communicates mostly through occasional social media posts — it’s Frank Ocean. Ocean released two new songs, “Dear April” and “Cayendo,” on his YouTube channel and streaming services this past Friday.
Ocean previewed these tracks on his Beats 1 radio show back in October and they started circulating online earlier this week when fans got their hands on 7″ vinyl preorders. Those two vinyl disks featured the A-sides that were released today, as well as B-side remixes from French electronic duo Justice and hip-hop producer Sango, which have not yet been made widely available.
In addition to being notoriously private personally, Frank Ocean is an aesthetically perfect artist for an indefinite period of self-isolation. As sparse, heart-wrenching R&B ballads about the beauty of love and loss, “Dear April” and “Cayendo” ,which starts with Frank singing in Spanish , are both songs for lying in bed alone, solemnly staring out a window, or just reminiscing. Perfect timing huh?
Check out the two singles below.