Frank Ocean Drops Two New Tracks ‘Dear April’ & ‘Cayendo’ [LISTEN]
Singer Frank Ocean has released two new tracks, “Dear April” and “Cayendo,” both premiered at midnight on Friday (April 3rd). The singer first previewed both songs last October during his controversial PrEP+ club night in New York.
After previously being released by 7-inch vinyl last week (March 25th), fans were told that the records would start shipping in 8-12 weeks. However, there was a delay in production that forced the shipping date to be pushed back. Fast forward a week later, Frank Ocean finally gifted fans with both tracks on streaming platforms for the first time.
Both new tracks were reportedly produced and written by Frank Ocean alongside Daniel Aged. On the vinyl editions, each A-side studio song is backed by a featured remix: Justice remixed “Dear April,” while Sango took on “Cayendo.”
Before the global coronavirus pandemic which forced several festivals to cancel dates, Ocean was originally scheduled to perform as a headliner at Coachella alongside Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott.
In an interview last year, Ocean said that his upcoming album was being influenced by “Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic” and about being less vulnerable in his music.
“I believed for a very long time that there was strength in vulnerability, and I really don’t believe that anymore. “Strength” and “vulnerability” sound opposite as words. And so to combine them soundswise, but I don’t know if it is wise. It’s just this realization that hit me: “Oh, right, it’s a choice whether you will be truthful or a liar.” If I start to tell a story and then I decide not to tell the story anymore, I can stop. It’s my story.“
“The expectation for artists to be vulnerable and truthful is a lot, you know?—when it’s no longer a choice. Like, in order for me to satisfy expectations, there needs to be an outpouring of my heart or my experiences in a very truthful, vulnerable way. I’m more interested in lies than that. Like, give me a full motion-picture fantasy.”
Ocean previously dropped new music back in November 2019, with “In My Room,” earning the attention of President Barack Obama, who ultimately included it on his list of favorite songs of the year. Prior to that, Ocean rose to prominence with his hit 2012 album Channel Orange and its accompanying single “Thinkin’ Bout You,” which remains his biggest solo record, according to reports.