Kurtis Kolt and Jake Skakun

Jul 2012
The NY’r on Frank Ocean
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I don’t think I’ve ever been so confident in mid-July about what my album of the year is going to be. Not only is Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ an incredible, inspired spin on contemporary R & B, but extra props gotta go to the guy for coming out with such dignity (no needless over-the-top spectacle), only to follow it with an honest and stirring performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. If you haven’t caught that performance, it’s one for the history books- do take a few minutes for it.

His show at The Commodore last weekend (where I took the crappy photo above) showed me what a natural talent he is as well, he really made it look easy.

Out of the plethora of adoring press on the guy, one of my favourites (Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker) really hits the nail on the head. You can read the piece that culminates in him saying “Channel ORANGE” reinvigorates R. & B. by flouting the rules of the genre. Like the writer Sheila Heti and the filmmaker Lena Dunham, Ocean is deciding what it means to talk about friendship, drugs, love, and sex, and is setting the parameters for shame and regret in a world in which failure is simply a way of saying hello.” right over here…

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2 Responses:

Sean said:

Well said, Kurtis. It is a fantastic album. Thanks for the links.

JANG said:

agreed :)

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