Frank Ocean’s Return to Music


Andy Holmes

Frank Ocean performing at the Pemberton Music Festival. Courtesy of Andy Holmes.

Frank Ocean has blessed his fans with a couple of albums, such as “Channel Orange” and “Blond”, but new music is very anticipated by many. Ocean is an American singer and songwriter born Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28, 1987, in Long Beach, California.  He changed his name to Christopher Francis Ocean in 2010 before settling on Frank Ocean in 2015. Frank was an original member of the alternative hip-hop music collective, Odd Future, and joined in 2009 after meeting the group members, including Tyler, the Creator. Ocean’s first live performance was in 2011 at Coachella alongside Odd Future, and sang hit songs “She” and “Swim Good”. 

  Ocean’s latest project, “Blond”, was released back in 2016 and was instantly loved by fans. This album also skyrocketed his career and helped Ocean become one of this century’s best artists. Despite not having released new music in a good couple of years, not all hope is lost and according to PopSugar, fans may be getting new music earlier than they think, “… “Blonde” was an intimate and expressive sophomore album met with critical acclaim and continued devotion from fans. Now, seven years later, Ocean’s hiatus may finally be coming to an end. During weekend one of Coachella, Ocean appeared as a headliner at the 2023 festival …where he addressed rumors that a new album is in the works.”

During his performance this year at Coachella, Ocean quickly mentioned the possibility of new music in between songs, “I wanna talk about why we’re here because it’s not about the new album… not that there’s not a new album.” Frank continued to reminisce about his younger brother Ryan Breaux, who died in a car crash in 2020, and their past Coachella experiences. He went on to mention that one of his sweetest Coachella memories included listening to Rae Sremmurd with his brother. “These last couple of years, my life changed so much. My brother and I, we came to this festival a lot, and I feel like I was dragged out here half the time because I hated the dust out here. I know [Ryan] would have been so excited to be here with all of us.” Through the immense amount of cheers and chants, Ocean went on to show appreciation for his fans, “I want to say thank you for the support and the ears and the love over all this time.”

So what are other indicators that Frank Ocean is making his grand return back to music? Firstly, the artist cleared his Instagram account back in September 2022, possibly hinting at a new era of music. As stated by GQ, another indicator would be that Frank has been dropping by the studio recently, “Rosalía told i-D last year she’d spent time with him [Frank Ocean] in the studio and even took on some of his advice to “open the world like a nut”. Similarly, Ocean made reference to being on hallucinogens while “in the studio” during an episode of Blonded Radio.” 

While dedicated fans continue their wait for new music, at least there is confirmation from Ocean himself that new music is on the way. Following his Coachella performance, supporters are more excited now more than ever at the possibility of a new project and were a part of Ocean’s album “Blond” re-entering the top 10 on US Apple Music. Despite there not being new music released soon, we can listen to and appreciate Ocean’s past work to help pass the time.