To hit the heart of “Nights” is to page through four years of romances, heartbreaks, and endless grief. Simile: "I feel like The whole first verse I find very revealing about how he lived in the past which added a lot of powerful emotions to the song. Detangling Frank Ocean's 'Blonde': What It Is And Isn't : The Record We got two writers, Ann Powers and Jason King, going back and forth on what … Or, the related “I don’t trust ‘em anyways / You can’t break the law with them,” and how the pair of lines tickles the mind. According to him, he penned this song about a former lover of his. It is a self-reasoning, a frantic journal entry meant to soothe us when faced with the inevitabilities of life. CallMeKarizma’s ‘Frank Ocean’ is a cute ass bop about a lowkey night in There’s this adorable dude I’ve been following on Twitter for a while named Riz, who you’ll find on music platforms as CallMeKarizma . The song debuted on Saturday, Aug. 20, via a NSFW, glitter infused, music video (which you can view on Apple Music or Ocean's website) that maybe marks the first single from Frank… He can't control himself around the person and wants to be with them, even though they are also involved with someone else. On the most technical level, then, “Nights” is an exercise in pacing and texture. I don’t know why but something about all of his music appeals to me. That’s the beautiful thing about Frank Ocean’s “nights.” The song’s versatility can make you feel nostalgic, spiritual awoken, happy, or sad. Frank Ocean’s “Nights” is a five-minute song that feels like a space odyssey, an unfolding eternity, a traversal of the highest order. Frank ocean is homosexual, so this song is about how he can't love girls. “Futura Free,” the final song on Frank Ocean’s masterpiece ‘Blonde,’ feels like a grand unveiling. Think of “Wanna see Nirvana, but don’t wanna die yet / Wanna feel that na na though, could you come by?” The brisk moment of suicidal ideation feels shocking, but also reminds us Frank Ocean is continually wrestling with himself. A friend of mine shared one of his songs, which is called Pink + White. Frank Ocean’s long journey into “Nights” Very rarely do I come across an album that takes more than four days to assess. Below is Frank’s full statement about the meaning of “Self Control”: Release Date of “Self Control” Even though the album came out a while ago, I only recently started listening to it. Frank Ocean was playing his first show in support of the just-released Channel Orange at Terminal 5 that night, and the five boroughs were caught in a torrential, wind-whipping derecho. It’s jarring and refreshing. Frank Ocean - "Novacane" (from Nostalgia, Ultra, 2011) Ocean’s evolved as a lyricist, but it’s no diss to name a debut mixtape track his best-to-date because, well, he’s always been fire. When you stretch in golden hour light, and your bones crack, and your muscles warm up, you begin anew, and life opens up to you as it did yesterday and as it will tomorrow. The track also features a verse by Migo's member, Offset. Frank Ocean is finally back in full force, with a new visual album called Endless, a standalone video, free-magazine pop-up shops, and most important, a … The search for peace can feel so hopeless. It took me a while to appreciate “Nights” in full because the song is packed with quotable lines, and I found myself fixating on single sentences as opposed to the whole suite of ideas Frank Ocean is presenting. This brings us to the bridge, and Frank’s pitched vocals; to Frank buzzing in his former lover. Frank spends so much time singing about the sun going down, the day coming, and when it finally comes, despite the long first verse and the apparent avoidance of the second half of the song, it happens anyway. Last night, Frank Ocean sought to make a space for that knowing audience with the launch of his queer club night, PrEP+, named for the drug and the HIV status it treats. He’s free to move forward. Think of perhaps the stickiest pair of lines of “Nights”: “Every night fucks every day up / Every day patches the night up.” I like to think we’re still in the present, at the crest of a new day, thinking back on all our memories. It's about losing … Notice how in the track, Frank is mono-tone and is mumbling as if he’s almost used to … These moments all stand for the way love moves and breathes, too. ‘Ivy’ Originally debuted live in Munich during 2013 (albeit as an early draft), ‘Ivy’ sees Frank mull over … You try to convince yourself that you wouldn't need drugs if you had enough money to live a normal lifestyle, but Frank Ocean … Frank Ocean was the lyricist for Calvin Harris' latest (soon to be) mega hit. This pre-chorus is the crux of “Nights.” It borrows from the Frank Ocean literary canon with images of a vexed sun and time-bending. He is numb he wished he could feel something. Each new beginning is a chance to live in earnest. Here, we see Frank pushing away from his past and the anxiety it’s causing him (“No sleep in my body”) and his anger at letting the relationship go, on a carnal level (“Ain’t no bitch in my body”). The sincerity of Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed” reminds us of the permanence of love, and love’s ability to transform itself and us into new people. It’s implied throughout the song that he lived in extremely tough conditions in the past due to a lack of money. In the four years since Blonde’s release, different “Nights” lines have jumped out and stuck with me. Frank uses the structure of “Nights” to remind us time moves forward regardless—the beat switch strips us of control. We need a new beginning. It’s also the reason why André 3000’s “Solo (Reprise)” follows “Nights,” because we are in dire need of a break from the doldrums, no matter how sonically pleasing they are. In a 2016 interview with The New York Times, Frank Ocean revealed that the lyrics of “Self Control” are autobiographical. If we’re not careful, it feels like we could spend entire days pining after what was. We cannot avoid it any longer. Blonde (alternatively titled blond) is the second studio album by American singer Frank Ocean.It was released on August 20, 2016, as a timed exclusive on the iTunes Store and Apple Music, and followed the August 19 release of Ocean's video album Endless.In 2013, Ocean confirmed that his follow up to Channel Orange would be another concept album. Life begins in the nighttime on “Nights,” and on the pre-chorus, we have visions of a night shift standing in for the work we do on ourselves at night. Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, photographer, and visual artist. “Nights” will take care of you, take you where you need to go. A few nights ago, I realized I use sleep as a crutch, how I rush to bed to advance the day, to get that soft reset, to get the chance for a tiny new beginning. “Nights” tells the story of Ocean’s previous relationship, detailing the highs and lows they both faced while dating. © 2020 The DJ Booth LLC. “Nights” floats and is its own vortex of being. Too, the final line of the first verse could suggest Frank is capable of moving on entirely, as in he ain’t no bitch. I speak so obtusely because, four years on, it’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around what “Nikes” means to me. He also does this by naming the album Blond on the album's artwork and Blonde on iTunes, (Blond describes a male's fair colored hair, blonde a female's fair colored hair). / You are from my past life / Hope you’re doin’ well, bruh.” The imagery, the assonance, and the way Frank ends this couplet with such a nonchalant, “bruh” make these three lines so potent. More than anything, though, it is a coping mechanism. We need the reset. Ocean references the themes of duality throughout the record, often with hints of his bisexuality. ( Log Out /  Then we have the back half of the couplet, where Frank is in his relaxed state of yearning. ( Log Out /  Director Tyrone Lebon DOP André Chemtoff Editor Adam Biskupski Colourist Aubrey Woodiwiss at Electric Theatre Collective VFX Electric Theatre Collective. He is a new man. Original material is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. I think about what it means to reset in the little ways (going to sleep for the night) and in the big ways (moving to a new city) as often as I think about the most innocuous things. “I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.”, “Within Frank’s fresh hell, he finds his heaven.”. There are 17 tracks on Blonde, but we will be consolidating skits and shorter tracks with other song discussions. This was one of those “good nights,” when things were easy and all flesh. They remind me so much of myself, and how I let my memories overtake me again and again, while continually trying to outrun my past selves. Nights will be the 7th song discussed in our new series where we will be discussing each individual song off of Frank Ocean's new(!! For most musical outings, four days is just enough time either to develop a well-rounded opinion of a record or, in some cases, to become irreversibly bored by it. It sucks you into its orbit, and you gladly oblige. As the heartbreak album of a generation, Blonde does not mince words. Then, “Still got some good nights memorized / And the look back’s gettin’ me right” brings us to the present. “Pink + White” might feel disjointed and abrupt on first pass, but the song works as ‘Blonde’ works, as living memory. [Intro: Frank Ocean] Poolside convo about your summer last night, ooh yeah About your summer last night Ain't give you no play, mm Could I make you shive last night? Most think “Nights” is about a single relationship, but when investigating bar for bar, it feels as if “Nights” is about a previous world. "Swim Good" This single from "Nostalgia, Ultra" is cool and bleak at the same time. Frank Ocean’s “Nights” is a five-minute song that feels like a space odyssey, an unfolding eternity, a traversal of the highest order. To many, the feeling of desperation kicks in and people will start to turn immoral to gain money. Think of all the late-night conversations and revelations we’ve had over the years as a people, perhaps even soundtracked by Blonde. It works—with Frank Ocean, it always works. My girlfriend told me she’s the opposite; she avoids sleep to slow down time. “Nights” floats and is its own vortex of being. Working night shifts which pushes you further into solitude, using drugs to kill time and avoid people outside of brief sexual encounters. New beginnings, man. Think of the structure of “Nights.” There have been studies done on the beat switch of Frank Ocean’s “Nights” and why it gives us such pause. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I really loved that song too, so I decided to listen to the other songs in his album which was how I found out about Nights. The lyrics to Recognized for his idiosyncratic musical style, introspective and elliptical songwriting, unconventional production techniques, and wide vocal range, Ocean is considered to be among the most acclaimed artists of his generation. iMAGERY: "Breath till i evaporate" Repetition: "Everybody needs you"X4 Assonance: "Get some peace have a calm night. “Every night fucks every day up / Every day patches the night up.”. Four years on, the “Nights” lines I can never get out of my head is: “Did you call me from a séance? ( Log Out /  And how iconic is this chorus? Frank Ocean’s “Self Control,” Desperation & Timing “Self Control,” produced by Malay, Jon Brion, and Frank Ocean, is all about timing and the losses which come by way of poor timing in love. But life cannot be made up of flesh only, which is why the song must stop abruptly and begin anew. Austin Feinstein of LA band Slow Hollows sings the first chorus. These lines speak to me because I am too sentimental for my own good, and the moment I learn how to move on, I become incredulous when memories tug at me, but that’s Blonde. Shooters killing left and right. These lines show Frank Ocean stuck in time, but capable of moving on. Frank Ocean Quotes: 20 Powerful Lyrics and Lines To Live By by Quotezine Team March 15, 2014, 8:40 am 45.9k Views 1 Comment Frank Ocean, aside from being one of the most quotable musicians, has been one of our favorite artists of the last few years. Recently a song I have had on repeat is Nights by Frank Ocean. Frank Ocean attempts to woo somebody who has caught his eye here. Frank Ocean - 'Nikes' from Tyrone Lebon Plus . Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. However, what strikes me is that after revealing so much of himself, he says that after he gets money, he won’t need them anymore. “Nights” feels like staying out all evening, looking in the mirror, and realizing you’ve had too much to drink—and not minding. Change ). Overall, Nights, as well as many of his other songs, have just been a favorite recently. In the last five days, the Blonded team rolled out a new party, a new radio mix, a new single, a bounce remix of Blonde’s “Nights,” and more. “Self Control,” produced by Malay, Jon Brion, and Frank Ocean, is all about timing and the losses which come by way of poor timing in love. ), highly anticipated, and long awaited album Blonde.Still seems surreal we are able to discuss Frank's new album, but here we are! Life refreshes as it always does. I think of the past life of Frank Ocean most on the final bars of the first verse: “Everybody needs you, everybody needs you / Oooh, nani nani / This feel like a quaalude / No sleep in my body / Ain’t no bitch in my body.” –Frank Ocean (“Nights”). There’s nothing of his past left in him. When Frank talks about every fucked up night, he recalls each “good night” he committed to mind, and how in the daylight, he knows there’s no meat on the bones of his past. Love comes and goes, we grow, and things come to an end as naturally as they come to a new starting line. After looking into the lyrics of each song, I can really tell that he puts so much thought into each of his songs, and many of the messages he integrates are from his own life. Ocean writes, “Breathe ‘til I evaporated / My whole body see through… If I get my money right / You know I won’t need you”. It makes it easier to believe his pre-chorus, his singing of new beginnings. They’re coming. He revealed so much of himself to the person this song is addressed to, so much so that his body could just be seen right through. Time’s passing is scary, but Frank turns it into a thing of beauty. By “Nights,” we have experienced so much ache and pain, and Frank realizes there is the need for a reprieve. I have my own theory: form follows content. Frank realizes that this date didn’t mean to this man what it meant to Frank, to the man, it was a regular night out wheras Frank was looking for something more and he’s crushed. The emotion and meaning behind all of his songs is hard to find nowadays, which makes me appreciate Frank Ocean’s music that much more. Frank’s mistrust, breaking the law, it all comes together to tell a tale of distant folx, people from a life Frank no longer understands. There is so much to miss in this life. ( Log Out /  There’s an element of control to these images, but of course, we know control is a myth. working through your worst night. New beginnings strike us in the twilight hours, in those moments between night and day, where anything feels possible, and the world feels like it belongs to us. Here, Frank falls back on his past pleasures and shows us once again how dangerous pleasure can be. I guess she’s scared of new beginnings, but the thing is, whether you rush or you run, newness doesn’t care. There’s so much to be said, too, for Frank’s well wishes, and how they are a sign of emotional maturity that we’ve seen him working towards since 2011’s nostalgia, ULTRA. If i get my money right". I think the biggest appeal to me regarding Ocean’s songs is the meaning behind the lyrics. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The intentions of this track may not seem clear with the overwhelming amount of deeper meanings, instrumental changes, and pitch variations. Frank Ocean - Nights℗ Boys Don't CryReleased August 20, 2016 Blonde is about the way memories seize the spirit without a second thought. Overall, Nights, as well as many of his other songs, have just been a favorite recently. Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer/songwriter and member of the gleefully-hedonistic hip-hop collective OFWGKTA.He was born Christopher Edwin Cooksey (later legally changed to Breaux) in Long Beach, California, and moved to New Orleans with his family as a young child. Frank Ocean tackles all of this on “Nights,” the Blonde standout produced by Frank, Vegyn, Michael Uzowuru, and Buddy Ross. There were times Friday night when Frank Ocean was on stage kneeling or squatting, meaning that to the overwhelming majority of the many thousands of … I think about starting over all the time. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Sometimes we spur them one, sometimes they strike us like God, but they’re coming nonetheless. Think of a trio of lines like “You don’t even got nobody bein’ honest with you / Breathe ‘til I evaporated / My whole body see-through” and how we could muse on each word until we run out of words. Money is so crucial nowadays that it so often damages or even completely breaks a relationship. Frank Ocean gave a shot at answering those questions Thursday, and it seemed a fortuitous time for him in particular to expend his cultural capital on work that makes an impact. The emotion and meaning behind all of his songs is hard to find nowadays, which makes me appreciate Frank Ocean’s music that much more. Music Video for 'Nikes' by Frank Ocean, the first single off his new album 'Blonde'. Is Frank Ocean circling album mode again? 4 years ago. Watch as Frank turns honesty and breath into commodities, turns vulnerability into a physical act. The world Frank belonged to when in a prior relationship, sure, but a whole world nonetheless. Too, to get to the core of the song is to appreciate new beginnings, to realize every ending is an opportunity for more. So much can unravel in the early morning stillness. Metaphor: "My whole body's see through". 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