032c's Frank Ocean essay published online

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Last November, 032c put Frank Ocean on the cover of their 33rd issue. The cover and interior photos were taken by Petra Collins and an essay about Frank was written by Alex Needham of The Guardian. 032c has now published the essay, entitled "FRANK OCEAN: The Artist is Absent" online for those that didn't grab a copy of the zine.

Here's the introduction to the piece:

It starts with an ethereal suspended chord, a wash of sound flooding the listener’s synapses, before a heavenly falsetto announces: “When I feel what I feel …”

When I’m trying to fathom the mysterious depths of Frank Ocean, his version of “(At Your Best) You Are Love” is the song I always return to – a record so stratospherically beautiful that it sounds the way drowning in oxygen must feel. It’s the opener on Endless, the 2016 visual album that nally satis ed the pent-up frustrations of fans who had been waiting years for new music. Endless turned out to be the rst of two new albums released in one weekend. The main event, Blonde, followed the following Saturday night, unveiling a new Frank Ocean, whose music was far more abstract and challenging – but also more beautiful – than the one who made his 2012 break- through album Channel Orange.

With the online publication comes some new high resolution copies of Petra's photos with Frank.

Photos Petra Collins/ 032c