Last night, after four long years of waiting, Frank Ocean finally dropped one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, ‘Blond.’ Fans and casual listeners alike were treated to 17 tracks of wholly new material to listen to and be swept up in—well, almost new material.
After listening to the album, some of Ocean’s most devoted fans were quick to realize that they’ve heard track two, “Ivy,” and track fifteen, “Seigfried,” once before. A bit of quick digging pulled up two fan-shot videos from a gig the singer performed in Munich, Germany all the way back in the summer of 2013. It’s a testament to Ocean’s devotion to his craft as a songwriter that it took this long for those songs to surface alongside the rest of the material that rounds out his latest work.
Fans who’ve long waited for Ocean to drop his next release have been gifted with an embarrassment of riches over the last week. First came the singer’s visual album Endless, which showed him building a staircase set to an audio collage of what now appears to be outtake material. Then, last night, with little to no warning, Ocean opened a series of pop-up shops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and London to give out free copies of his zine, as well as his album, which was posted to Apple Music shortly thereafter.
In a subsequent Tumblr post, Ocean thanked his fans and made reference to the pressure he was under to deliver with this latest album.
I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE MAKING ALL OF THIS. THANK YOU ALL. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO NEVER LET ME FORGET I HAD TO FINISH. WHICH IS BASICALLY EVERY ONE OF YA’LL. HAHA. LOVE YOU.
Watch Ocean’s earliest performance of “Ivy” above, and “Seigfried” in the video below.