Frank Ocean transfixes with the slow-burning “Nikes”

Block out all the noise. The due dates. The construction. The silence. That’s hard to do after four-plus years of waiting, but Frank Ocean insists we do that on “Nikes,” perhaps taken from Ocean’s forthcoming studio album reportedly coming this weekend. “Nikes” isn’t a laced-up affair, rather a slowly unfurling, pitch-shifted mood-setting piece, as challenging as it is rewarding. As the hype and hysteria escalates surrounding Ocean’s new LP, “Nikes” is an intentional, elongated breath, with the singer reminding us to sit back and enjoy the music.

Listen to – and watch the stunning visuals of – “Nikes” via Apple Music Connect.

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