Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE — July 17
By now, you should have downloaded Frank Ocean’s album (through iTunes, of course). Which means you also saw the cover art, or rather, lack thereof. An electric tangerine hue coats the album from cover to cover, with the words channel ORANGE etched on the front in the plainest of fonts. His name is nowhere to be found. He had a hefty hand in the production of his album, yet he wasn’t on the cover. The wordsmith and soulful vocalist didn’t need to figure out a complicated, self-boasting visual to make us listen, the content sold itself.
“Orange reminds me of the summer I first fell in love,” he posted on his Tumblr, just a few entries before he revealed to the world that this love was of his same gender. The album cover reflects just that. channel ORANGE is a convoluted love story of sorts, and Frank wanted his audience to take his album for what it was. Honest lyrics, entrancing melodies and raw emotions. Nothing else.