Tumblr has turned out to be an ideal place for musicians to engage with and excite their fans—as Taylor Swift has proven. But early this morning it was R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean who caught followers’ attention, posting his first new track since debut album Channel Orange dropped in 2012.
“Memrise” falls just short of the two-minute mark and could well provide some connective tissue for the big sophomore release we’ve been expecting from Ocean. Featuring thinly processed vocals, weightless keyboards, and spare, clattering percussion, it’s almost painfully intimate. And that’s without even considering what a couplet like “I could fuck you all night long / From a memory alone” might mean.
It may just be a drop in the ocean, but we’ll take it.