For the first time in almost two years, Frank Ocean has released a new solo song called “Memrise,” which could possibly be part of his next studio album. Ocean has been keeping a low profile since his critically acclaimed debut album Channel Orange to work on new material. The 27-year-old singer made his presence felt in the interim with collaborations such as “Superpower” with Beyonce, but the new solo track is seriously whetting appetites for a much-awaited follow-up to his debut.
The track that Ocean dropped online on Friday, November 28, has a lo-fi feel, with ambient production accompanying his voice. The crackle of equipment being switched on and off can be heard at the beginning and end of the track, and the overall production of “Memrise” is minimalist.
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In “Memrise,” Ocean serenades a new lover with lyrics such as “Can I come over now / I’d like to stay a little while / I memorized your body exposed.” Ocean also posted the lyrics of “Memrise” in full on his Tumblr account.
The song is divided into three sections: an ambient intro in which Ocean harmonizes several layers of his own vocals, a speak-sung verse, and a verse in which he showcases his Grammy-winning singing voice.
Ocean reportedly planned for his follow-up to Channel Orange to drop last summer, but with less than one month to go before the end of the year, it may be released in early 2015. Ocean has supposedly been working in the studio with Hit-Boy and Rodney Jerkins, while Pharrell Williams and Danger Mouse also number among rumored collaborators.
Before “Memrise,” the last solo track released by Ocean was “Wise Man,” which he recorded for the movie Django Unchained. However, “Wise Man” was supposedly not meant to be released on the film’s official soundtrack.
By Val Powell