One of my favorite Twitter memories involves Frank Ocean. (#humblebrag starts now.) The resident Odd Future crooner and I exchanged a few tweets. I could sense that he was a good person (and I know that’s a childish insight, but it is how I felt at the time). Of all the things we could possibly talk/tweet about, we connected over a shared love of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese. (It’s an Oregon delicacy and one of the things I truly miss about living in that part of the country.) Ocean even re-tweeted me at one point. This happened before he truly exploded with his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape release, and way before he was featured on (and, in my opinion, stole) Watch the Throne, the over-the-top hip album from Jay-Z and Kanye West. I felt special.
That exchange aside, I have always felt a deep affinity for Ocean (no pun intended). I even hoped I could tell him how much I appreciate his music in person, but at each of the three Odd Future shows I saw last year (once in New York City and twice in Toronto), he was nowhere to be found. I am remedying that when I see him perform next month headlining in Toronto, and I sincerely hope that Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD will be his backing band (like they were for his face-meltingly awesome set at Coachella in April).
My excitement for that show continues to rise. And it reached a new level when Ocean posted his new single “Pyramids” on his Tumblr last week (along with new tour dates, news of his new album, Channel Orange, and a teaser clip with the song). Pyramids is a wild, funky, fun, sensuous ten minute jaunt in which we hear about ancient Egypt and modern-day love. (Aside: How many artists could pull off a 10-minute track and not have it be mind-numbingly tedious?) Ocean is a true artist. And he just goes to show that the future remains incredibly odd and radical.
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