In case you’ve been living under a sound-proof rock and/or distance yourself from nice things, you’d be well aware Frank Ocean has just dropped not one, but two brand new albums.
This is a blessing and a curse: while he’s delivered some of the most intimate and creative R&B seen this side of… well, Channel Orange, the thirsty music fans among us were seemingly left with nobody to harass over the status of their new work. And that’s half the fun.
That is, until they remembered Lorde is seemingly overdue for a follow-up to her globe-stomping 2013 debut album Pure Heroine. A quick venture over to the Kiwi legend’s Instagram account reveals a litany of cloying fans taking every opportunity to bug her about the new damn record.
Well, she’s finally responded, in life-affirming fashion. In a reply to an underling who seemingly stopped supporting Lorde as a form of protest, the artist known to friends and fam as Ella Yelich-O’Connor said the newie is out of the writing stages, and well and truly into the production phase:
“give up on me if you want to! I’m an artist, I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell, and it’s all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork. the record is written, we’re in the production stages now. I’ve worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys.”
See? She’s not just roaming Earth, befriending rogue amphibians. There are actual tunes in production. Really.
Of course, she also set our hearts a-flutter back in 2015 when she said “i feel much calmer, more comfortable in my love of [making music], and its apparent love of me, this time around. so there’s that.”
Going back to ol’ Papa Franku for a moment, an early leaked (and ultimately fake) track-list of his album formerly known as Boys Don’t Cry featured a collab from Lorde herself. If there is any justice in this world, when this long-awaited record finally arrives, it’ll be Ocean hopping on Lorde’s track.
A man can dream.
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