Tuning in with Leila: Frank Ocean is back


Illustration by Yasmin Haq

Is it the end of the world? It must be. 

After a 21 month – yes, that is one year and eight months – hiatus, Frank Ocean has released not one, but TWO songs this fall. On Oct. 19, Ocean released “DHL,” and exactly two weeks later he dropped “In My Room.” 

All Frank Ocean fans have been thrilled by this moment: unexpected, but well-appreciated music. We were dying for it. Thankfully, Ocean finally blessed us with these two incredibly intriguing tracks. 

In “DHL,” which stands for Dalsey, Hiblom and Lynn, Ocean brings our focus to homosexuality. After some research, I found that Dalsey, Hiblom and Lynn is one of the largest logistics/courier companies in the world. His use of the company’s name may be a play on words to highlight couples that move in together way faster than they should. Other than that, there could be many inferences made about the song’s meaning. 

Additionally, “DHL” combines Ocean’s soulful taste and ambient vibe to make the beautiful masterpiece that we have been waiting for. 

Now I don’t know about everyone else, but after the release of “DHL,” I was pretty content. I mean, it’s Frank Ocean we’re talking about. If he didn’t have any social media platforms, we may as well have thought he died. Ocean is eminent for the creative, eccentric sound that he brings to the music industry as well as habitually releasing a single and then disappearing for months. That’s why two weeks later, when he dropped another single titled “In My Room,” fans were left in utter astonishment. 

“In My Room” combines Ocean’s usual authenticity and quirkiness with slight arrogance. In this track, Ocean ostentatiously depicts the life of a rich man while incorporating emotional lyrics at the same time to make listeners reevaluate and question their integrity. In a way, Ocean aggressively implies that people aren’t worth his emotions, and I second that. Out of his two recent singles, I’d have to say “In My Room” is my favorite just because of the catchy yet truthful lyrics. 

Recently there have been rumors of Ocean’s potential release of a studio length album. I hope I don’t get my hopes up, but a whole album from the king himself? It’s been three years since the release of his last album, “Blonde.” I know I’m not the only one anticipating the release of this rumored album, but nonetheless, we’ve been blessed with two new songs and that will suffice until then.