Late on Valentine’s Day—when couples were done with dates and lonely singles were passed out drunk in front of Netflix—Frank Ocean shared a little gift. After a busy 2017 (by his standards at least), Ocean wasted little time sharing his first recording of 2018.
It’s a patient and layered cover of “Moon River,” one that’s accompanied by sparse instrumentation and surges of multiple Ocean vocal tracks. Audiences first heard the song when Audrey Hepburn performed it on her fire escape in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fittingly enough, “Moon River” went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song, along with Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 1962 Grammys.
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Award shows have certainly been on Ocean’s mind recently. He interviewed Call Me By Your Name‘s Timothee Chalamet for V Man earlier this month, during which he pointed out how good the film’s soundtrack is. Chalamet noted how much they listened to Sufjan Stevens—whose “Mystery of Love” is earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song—during filming. He also encouraged Ocean to score a movie. “Yeah, one of these days,” Ocean told Chalamet.
Maybe this is the beginning of a big year for Ocean, as he’s hinted that he has some new music to release in the coming months. Or maybe he just has movies on his mind lately and wanted to recreate one of Hepburn’s most memorable moments. You can never be sure with Ocean, you just have to be happy with what you get.