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Frank Ocean's Latest Mysterious Move Gives Us Hope For New Music Soon

What is 'states'?

We're just over a month away from the three-year anniversary of Frank Ocean's last album, channel orange. He announced last month that the follow-up will arrive in July, but we don't know many details beyond that. And he better not be kidding, because...three years.

But maybe -- just maybe -- his latest move is a reason to believe that new music isn't too far off.

On Tuesday night, the singer created a new playlist on his official Soundcloud page, called "states." There's one problem, though -- and it's a big one in my book: There's no music in the set.

Still, I'll take this emergence from obscurity, however cryptic, over Frank continuing to stay dark.

This week, we also got some new info about the upcoming project from French pianist Christophe Chassol, who has been working with the 27-year-old on his sophomore major label effort.

"Ocean invited me to Abbey Road [studios in the U.K.] to record on his album," Chassol told the BBC, according to Billboard. "I asked him how he heard about me. He told me his friend Diplo was listening a lot to [my album], Indiamore, and they started to listen to it, and they were wondering how I was doing the speech harmonization, so he called me. He asked me to do some speech harmonization on a song with him. After a while, it was cool and he was like, 'Yeah, but we have to find another way because you already did it.'"

Hopefully we get to hear what they came up with, and "states," and the new album, and whatever else he has to offer, very, very soon.