Frank Ocean Performs on SNL, Releases “Pyramids” Video

Frank Ocean is making waves once more, though if you play channel ORANGE as much as I do, it’s questionable to say that he ever stopped. Either way, Ocean—who has a predilection towards short bursts of PR—went on a strong 24 hour run, appearing on SNL and releasing a music video for his epic single “Pyramids.”

His Saturday Night Live spot involved him appearing in an arcade-like set up, with John Mayer accompanying him on guitar. He performed “Thinking About You” and “Pyramids” with passion unseen on most SNL spots—that is, until he turns his back to the audience to play video games and let Mayer do his thing. Mayer, meanwhile, gets really in to playing his guitar, including some bizarre faces during a “Pyramids.” The performances are below.

Further, his mysterious epic “Pyramids” received an epic video mysteriously released sometime after his Saturday Night Live performance. The video, directed by Nabil, maintains Nabil’s stylistically moody and visually stunning style, scene in videos for Kanye West, Bon Iver, and Frank Ocean. It’s tough to discern a narrative from the video, but it involves Frank Ocean motorcycling through the desert, taking an extended trip to a strip club, shooting up a bar, and having a spiritual encounter with mystical, guitar-playing John Mayer.

For more from the Airspace on Frank Ocean, check out the love song playlist he begins, his Lollapalooza performance, or a longer piece on his importance in music.

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