Frank Ocean Drops Visual Album

frank-ocean_0The album some suspected might never come arrived late Thursday: Frank Ocean dropped a visual album named “Endless” via Apple Music, the 28-year-old R&B star’s first substantive batch of new material since 2012’s epochal “Channel Orange.” Clocking in at 45 minutes, the project spans outré electronic (with contributions by Björk collaborator Arca), spare piano balladry, and the technicolor soul for which Ocean is most famous. Juxtaposed with the same minimalist, black-and-white images that were livestreamed for the past two weeks, the visual aspect album of “Endless” depicts Ocean building a staircase — to nowhere in particular. “Endless” will continue to reveal its secrets in the coming weeks and days — as will Ocean, who some reports suggest still plans to drop “Boys Don’t Cry,” with a different title, this weekend.

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