If a rolling stone gathers no moss, then metaphorically speaking, Odd Future – OFWGKTA – is as clean as a whistle. The collective is rapidly becoming the name on everyone’s lips, and with good reason, but that hasn’t altered their grassroots approach to releasing music. The latest free release is Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia,Ultra LP, a departure from much of the existing output in that Ocean is a vocalist rather than emcee, and the LP deals in a somewhat softer sound, too.
Musiq (Soulchild) quality harmonies with contemporary soul and R&B styled runs, stylised auto tune and frank, meaningful, and explicit song writing.
There’s a great diversity to the track listing, with a mixture of original productions and re-appropriated tracks from everyone from Mr Hudson and MGMT to The Eagles… and even Coldplay.
Frank Ocean’s soulful vocal combines some Musiq (Soulchild) quality harmonies with contemporary soul and R&B styled runs, stylised auto tune and frank, meaningful, and explicit song writing. The most auto tuned and poppiest runs and riffs are mitigated by the breadth of material and the uncompromising song writing, and of course, co-signed by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, as well as the nods to the nostalgia in the title; the sound of tape players rewinding and button clicking and classic video game named interludes elicit fond memories… and maybe even a sense of melancholy.