Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Single of the Week: Frank Ocean - "Pyramids"

When I said last week was going to be a great one for music I wasn't joking. New tracks by artists including Grizzly Bear, Ariel Pink, Jens Lekman and Fiona Apple probably would have made Single of the Week any other week, so it's even more of an achievment that it goes to the artist that doesn't have an album out yet. "Pyramids" is the best we've heard of Frank Ocean and probably one of the best R&B tracks we'll hear this year. It moves fluidly from one segment to the next and justifies its 10 minutes, with Frank's impassioned vocal delivery being matched with equally inpressive new production values. Perhaps more than anything it shows just how far he has stepped from Odd Future's shadows in such a short amount of time; it's hard to believe it's the same humble guy seen in the "Oldie" video only a few months ago. If this is what can be expected from Channel Orange, his Def Jam debut coming in July, that album may be one to really look out for.

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