nostalgia, FOREVER is a weekly series dedicated to breaking down the lyrical genius of one of America's best writers, Frank Ocean. From nostalgia, ULTRA. and channel ORANGE to Blonde, each week, we'll look at one Frank Ocean song and break down its lyrical merits and meanings. If you love Frank Ocean and heavy lyrical analysis paired with our favorite emotional state—crying—you'll love nostalgia, FOREVER.
“Close to You” is no simple interlude; it is a calling out into the void for ease.
“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.
“Within Frank’s fresh hell, he finds his heaven.”
“Pink + White” might feel disjointed and abrupt on first pass, but the song works as ‘Blonde’ works, as living memory.
I speak so obtusely because, four years on, it’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around what “Nikes” means to me.
First loves slip between our fingers and into the air of our past.
I can’t pull myself away from writing.
What else is there to say, except love makes little sense?
How can Frank Ocean truly leave behind what once felt so good?
“Real love, I’m searching for a real love.”
“Why see the world, when you got the beach?”
“We’re behaving like teenagers.”