Frank Ocean premiered his video for Pyramids from his Channel Orange album after his first night performing on Saturday Night Live.
The video follows Frank on a motorcycle ride in the desert to a memory or fantasy of him at a strip club, evidently called Pyramids. Inside the club, Frank appears to be on some type of acid trip, which distorts his vision of the girls. The girls could also be transforming into their real identities, or something.
I really had a difficult time trying to understand what the metaphor is behind the video and the metaphor of the Pyramids’ lyrics. Maybe I’m just not smart enough to understand.
John Mayer made an appearance playing the guitar at the end of the video. Frank is still in somewhat of a trance as John plays a soft, mellow tune on the chords. And at this point, I’m still lost.
Frank wakes up in the desert with sand all over his suit and face. But as for me, I’m still left wondering what the video was about and what is his meaning behind his lyrics.
For some time now I have been feeling that we all may have jumped on the Frank Ocean bandwagon because he “came out.” During his performance on SNL, I felt like he made his songs worse in a sense because it was a live showing of the confusion I have for his music. Even his performance of Thinking Bout You left me unmoved, and I like and understand that track. I listened to his album front to back, in the dark, giving it my complete attention and still came out with nothing. And I am not the only one who thinks this.
How do you feel about Frank’s music? Do you think I’m just being really mean and don’t know what I’m talking about? Watch the video below along with his performance on SNL and post your thoughts below. I’d love to hear them.
Frank Ocean – Pyramids – SNL 9-15-12 by IdolxMuzic
Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You – SNL 9-15-12 by IdolxMuzic