Waiting. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
That's all we've been doing, for what feels like roughly forever, when it comes to Frank Ocean's new album. But maybe -- just maybe -- we won't have to wait much longer.
"I always tell people: When he’s ready, the world is gonna get it," the producer Malay, who contributed extensively to the singer's 2012 album channel orange, told Pitchfork. "It could be tomorrow...well not tomorrow but maybe a month [laughs]. We’ve all been working hard. He’s been working super hard. I feel like he’s working harder than he’s ever worked in his life. I’m excited for everyone to hear it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised, for sure."
As for what may cause that pleasant surprise, Malay, who is fresh off of a handful of production credits on Zayn's Mind of Mine, suggested that Frank's process has been different this time around.
“A lot of the stuff on this new album was done with a handheld mic sitting in the control room,” he said. “Frank’s exploring different vibes completely on this album. I wouldn’t say it’s vocally looser but just his mentality; it doesn’t seem as meticulous at certain times.”
Here's to hoping "maybe a month" means, at the very least, sometime this year.