Published Dec 16, 2012Though we're taking it with a hefty grain of salt, Odd Future-related R&B champion Frank Ocean has suggested that he might not bother with a follow-up to his beloved 2012 effort Channel Orange.
Speaking with The Guardian, Ocean explains that he's not really interested in making another album at the moment with the following statement:
Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story, but music sometimes, just music itself, can turn into more of a maths problem. I guess everything in life is a math problem, but it can be more about an empirical route to getting the symmetry that you want, and this vibe, sonically. But storytelling's a different thing. Like I said, it's the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don't know!
Pushed for further explanation, Ocean admits that he'd be fine with Channel Orange being his last album, though he's not about to throw in the towel completely. He explained his intentions further with a follow-up statement:
You know, I gotta answer those questions for myself day by day. I don't intend to stop making music. This isn't a faux retirement. It's no bullshit. I was just making music yesterday. But I do think – it would be fucking legendary if I just made Channel Orange last year, then put out a best-selling novel next year, then, you know, designed an arena in Stockholm in 2014! I don't know! You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible, and love your life as much as you can despite the bullshit and all the expectations and shit. You just do what the fuck you wanna do at the end of the day, and don't give a fuck. As long as your intentions are solid, and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you're doing good in my book.
Check out the artist's recent cover of Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees" below.