Frank Ocean Spans The Globe In ‘Lost’ Video

Odd Future crooner makes travelogue clip to go with his international song.

Some singers go for high-concept videos full of special effects and hard-to-follow story lines. Not Frank Ocean. The Odd Future star likes to keep it simple. Which is why the just-dropped Francisco Soriano-directed clip for his song “Lost” is pretty much the perfect visual compliment to the tune’s chorus.

“Miami, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Spain, Los Angeles, India/Lost on a train/Lost,” he sings on the Channel Orange track. And, wouldn’t you know it? The three-minute video pretty much takes you on a global trek as Ocean fills up his passport with stamps from one exotic locale after another.

Embedded from player.vimeo.com.

It opens with the requisite shot of clouds from the inside of a plane and images of Ocean taking a hike in the Los Angeles hills as he makes his way to the airport. In short order he’s at the pyramids in Egypt and hitting the stage as a split screen shows him chilling on a balcony in Paris with the iconic Arc de Triomphe in the background.

Then it’s back on a plane, up in the air and on to another moving walkway as he appears to touch down in Miami, judging by the swaying palm trees in the frame. The clip is kind of a home video of Ocean’s crazy year, interspersed with clips of him in the recording studio singing and playing piano, as he makes his way to Tokyo and beyond in a “if it’s Tuesday, it must be Dubai” blur of shows, sightseeing, cab rides and shopping.

Like any decent musical tourist, he serves up some arty shots of the Eiffel Tower, stops for a few photo ops with fans, visits museums and dips into studios when he’s not enjoying the high life with Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator.

It all becomes a blur of shows, limos, more shows and staring wistfully out of the backseat window as he moves on to the next one. The final image has a spent-looking Ocean closing his eyes as the sun sets behind the iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai.

Not bad work if you can get it.

I'm so fancy.