I'm the Laird Hamilton of riding album anticipation waves. The key is to relax, not get too high up or too low. After all, Detox had huge singles drop complete with national marketing campaigns and then that album went the way of the dinosaur.
But truth be told, while I tried to rationally ignore Frank Ocean's now epically delayed follow up to Channel Orange, which came out so long ago even the idea of President Donald Trump was inconceivable, when those leaks leaked my heart grew attached. They were recorded secretly, through a door, but they still sounded like a small sliver of heaven broke off and landed in my ears. Could the album be...dare I say it...coming soon?
Nope, probably not. In a new interview with Pitchfork, Ocean's frequent collaborator, Malay, gave this "update":
"I always tell people: When he’s ready, the world is gonna get it. It could be tomorrow… well not tomorrow but maybe a month [laughs]. We’ve all been working hard. He’s been working super hard. I feel like he’s working harder than he’s ever worked in his life."
So, that's basically not an update at all. Those are exactly the kinds of quotes we heard about Dre for all those years, the same quotes Andre 3K has repeatedly offered up. Anytime an artist who is driven to achieve artistic excellence is going to drop an album "when he's ready" that's code for "never." We want artists to take the time they need to do great work, but you can also become trapped in the idea of a perfection that's impossible to obtain. That was the trap Dre fell into, the trap Andre's in, and the trap I fear Ocean's got himself stuck in.
So the trick is to convince your brain to forget a new Ocean album is even a possibility, and then when and if it does actually drop, you're elated. It's not so easy to make the heart forget though...