Such a mysterious cat, this Frank Ocean.
The nu-R&B kingpin always keeps us guessing, even as he bares his soul in heart-wrenching songs about love and loss, and a few days ago, on Black Friday, as folks everywhere flocked to the mall in search of retail therapy, Ocean broke us off with a 1:57 snippet of sexual healing. It's called "Memrise," and it just might be our first taste of Ocean's long-awaited follow-up to 2012's Channel Orange.
"Memrise" is pretty formless but gorgeous nonetheless. As Frank moves from an atmospheric synth-and-voice opening to a more conventionally sung middle section, he croons out some dreamy, lusty lyrics about searching for human connection in this cold digital age ("Can I come over now?") and the dangers of covering yourself in sparkly paint ("You can't breathe if you're dipped in gold").
Scroll down to read both stanzas—then join us in hoping Ocean, Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, and whoever else he's collaborating with finish up in the studio soon and hit us with more sweet jams to distract from the holidays.
I memorized the wayward expressions Never look down Never let you see me down I memorized the way no directions Can I come over now I’d like to stay a little while I memorized your body exposed I could fuck you all night long From a memory alone
I never forget a face Don’t go plastic on me Nothing’s set in stone You’re not dipped in gold Dipped in gold You can’t breathe if you’re dipped in gold You are not on paper You are not a copy You’re so, you’re so..so thick, so thick
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