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Frank Ocean Actually Debuted the 'Blonde' Tracks 'Ivy' & "Seigfried' Back in 2013: Watch
The wait for Frank Ocean's Blonde album -- which finally dropped over the weekend -- felt interminable. But as obsessive fans dug into every aspect of the unusual release, they noticed that at least two of the songs sounded somewhat familiar. As it turns out, Ocean performed a pair of the tracks back in Munich in the summer of 2013, and of course there's video of it.
Though the ballads are a bit different from the final versions on the album. Check out the clips:
The build-up to the final release of Blonde included a confusing tease involving a livestream of two desks that confounded fans. It eventually led to the visual album Endless, which included a 45-minute video of Ocean constructing a spiral staircase. In an interview with Pitchfork, Blonde collaborator artist Tom Sachs said there is a way, way longer version of Endless out there that contains hours of additional footage.
"When you see the video, you see him building a stairway to heaven in real time," Sachs told the site. "The 40-minute version is edited, but there's something like a 140-hour version. That's the whole thing. That exists, that's the art piece."