Frank Ocean Website Launches Mysterious Livestream
To recap our longstanding Frank Ocean album watch: In April of 2015, Ocean announced that his next LP would be out in July of that year; he also hinted that it may be called Boys Don’t Cry. July came and went with no album, but when an online storefront popped up on Ocean’s website in early August, it seemed like the album was ready to drop. Nope! Later that month Ocean canceled his headlining performance at LA’s FYF Fest, presumably because it was intended to be a celebration of a new album that wasn’t finished yet. Six more months passed before clips from an alleged Frank Ocean listening party leaked. And finally, at the beginning of last month, Ocean updated his website with a library due date slip, seemingly hinting that the album would drop in July 2016 or on 11/13/16.
Today is 8/1, and there’s still no album, but the frankocean.com / boysdontcry.co site has another new update. An Apple Music video embed has appeared at the top of the site, broadcasting some kind of livestream from a mostly empty room. There’s some kind of gigantic speaker or amplifier rig playing abstract instrumental music in the back of the room, and someone — possibly Ocean himself — is cutting boards with a table saw. The video doesn’t work on all desktop browsers but seems to function on mobile.
Additionally, Reddit users point out that the site’s source code has been updated with the image above plus a Boys Don’t Cry graphic and mention of Kanye West designer David Baker. Check out the livestream here.
UPDATE: Complex points out that giant wall of speakers on the livestream is a 2002 art installation by Tom Sachs called Toyan’s. Sachs also solicited a playlist from Ocean for his boombox installation at SXSW last year, and Sachs’ 245 Bodega space hosted Ocean’s alleged album listening session earlier this year.