This year has been the best year in recent memory for new music and it just went into hyperdrive. This weekend, after four years of silence, Frank Ocean intensified 2016’s musical output thousandfold by releasing both a visual and audio album, Endless and Blond (or Blonde).
The audio album, as well as the separately released single Nikes both have two versions, with the physical release of Blond containing two tracks not heard on the version streaming on Apple Music, and the online version containing five tracks not found on the physical copy.
Of these tracks, it turns out that at least two of them had been previewed previously. Footage has emerged of Ocean performing two Blond tracks as far back as 2013, less than a year after the release of the game changing Channel Orange.
During a concert in Munich, Germany in June 2013, he debuted what we now know to be Ivy, the second, and one of the most cohesively-pop-y tracks on the record:
He also played Seigfreid, one of the most emotive, vocally raw tracks towards the end of the album:
During that tour, Ocean also opened a number of songs with another track apparently titled Feel California, which is yet to appear anywhere. Perhaps there’s even more new Frank on the way?
Frank Ocean’s long-awaited album Blond is available now. Head to Apple Music to check it out.