Frank Ocean ‘Pyramids’ Video Is An ‘Absinthe-Induced Journey’
Following the phenomenal success of Frank Ocean’s debut studio album ‘Channel Orange’, the singer released the video to the ‘Pyramids’, the second single from the LP. The visuals, which nearly reach the track’s duration of 10 minutes, sees the Odd Future member go on a trip…
The video director Nabil Elderkin recently spoke to MTV News about the video, explaining what he could of the somewhat strange visuals. The video sees Frank at a bar shooting bottles with ‘Pink Matter’ ringing in the background; he then goes on a trip that is seemingly drug-induced, leading him down the desert on a motorbike. He is riding up to ‘the pyramid’ – a strip club, of course.
The video also features John Mayer giving a guitar debut towards the end, but that aside, the whole thing may leave you scratching your head. Director Nabil said of the video: "Basically we wanted something enjoyable to watch that compliments the song. We just tried to come at it in that way that felt like he was on a trip, however you interpret it; an absinthe-induced journey.”
"He [Frank] told me two things: 'I want to have a desert scene driving a car and I want John Mayer performing somewhere with florescent lights behind him.' So I just interpreted it in my own way."
As well as having a trippy desert scene, the ‘Pyramid’ strip club also provided plenty of eye candy before Frank joins John outside to vibe to his solo. Nabil said that some of this was inspired by the drug fuelled film ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and the Al Pacino classic ‘The Devil’s Advocate’.
Elderkin concluded: "My whole goal during the post was to achieve something that felt real and surreal without it being overdone," he said. "I wanted to give the same kind of dark feeling that was achieved in both those films. I just did it in my own way."
Check out the visuals below.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)