Frank Ocean is moving forward on his next album, and he’s looking for some island inspiration. Following his impressive 2x Grammy win at the 55th annual awards ceremony, Ocean is planning to take his work to Bora Bora.
“I’m 10, 11 songs into this next thing,” Ocean told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe during his visit to the U.K. “It’s another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again.”
The album will pick up where channel ORANGE left off. “At the end of channel ORANGE, there’s ‘Golden Girl’ and it’s this beach scene, and I kind of want to extend that feel into the next record all together, kinda make it that theme.”
When he returns from the U.K., he will continue his recording sessions on the island of Bora Bora. “I’m gonna take it all to the beach and work for a few weeks,” he said. “We’re gonna do that and see how it turns out.”
He recorded channel ORANGE cuts “Pyramids” and “Lost” at a rented house in Bel-Air. “It was so fly that I didn’t do anything. I only did two songs in a month-and-a-half,” he said. “If I get a ‘Pyramids’ or ‘Lost’ out of the situation, then it’s worth it.”
Frank also revealed that he was terrified in the studio with Jay-Z and Kanye and described the situation when he wrote the Grammy winning “No Church In The Wild.”
“It was very very terrifying…You walk into a room and Jay is sitting there with Beyoncé and Kanye is sitting there being Kanye, and there’s a few other people you know and you are just expected to write with these guys. People started trickling out, just giving me space, Jay stayed there just kinda looking out the window. I had something to say, so I said that, and they agreed with it,” he explained. But, Frank knew it was a special piece of writing, “When I wrote the lyric out, and I said it back, I was like yea, that is one of the more important things I’ve written.”