Frank Ocean’s sophomore album Boys Don’t cry finally might be near.
More noteworthy, the stream was scored by what seems to be previously unheard music featuring Ocean’s unmistakable voice; when the live stream debuted earlier this month, it was accompanied by instrumental music only. The songs – which aren’t from Ocean’s debut studio album Channel Orange or his mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra — sound more atmospheric and ethereal than his previous work.
Boys Don’t Cry was expected to come out Aug. 5 on Apple Music, according to The New York Times, but the album never materialized. Producer Malay Ho hosted a Reddit AMA on Tuesday and explained that Ocean is taking his time on the record.
“First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys, Frank has told me this himself many times,” Ho wrote. “To be fair tho, art cannot be rushed. It’s about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error.”
Signs that Ocean would release the follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange arose as early as spring 2015. Ocean canceled a headlining set last year at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest, where fans thought the artist would play new music, citing a scheduling conflict.
Here’s everything we already know about Boys Don’t Cry.
Check out the live stream here.