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You’ve been in the dark for way too long
It’s time to walk into the light
And accept your fate with open arms
Scared? Don’t worry
We’ll be there to hold your hand and guide you
Through this painless transition
But what’s the rush?
Just relax and enjoy another hour of commercial free yourself music on 103.5
In the early morning of January 7th ’22, the globe woke up to the releasing of The Weeknd’s 5th studio album, Dawn FM. The Canadian pop star performed the breathtaking album to an audience and to streamers on Twitch, with a purple theme, him as a DJ standing in the center of a neon lit deck platform. His iconic black suit and the bizarre aged face mask that appears on his album cover were also part of the spectacle he put on.
In an interview Abel had with Billboard last November regarding the album, he explained that he imagines the album like the listener is dead, stuck in a purgatory state, waiting to get to the other side (heaven or afterlife). “So it could feel celebratory, could feel bleak, however you want to make it feel, but that’s the dawn for me.”
The sensation of being in purgatory state could stem from Abel being in a good place, as his past album The Highlights I feel described him transitioning from heart break that he projects on his After Hours album.
What’s fascinating about the album is its retro sounds brought to the modern age infused with pop beats and psychedelic effects. We got a taste of this new age sound on his hit tune Blinding Lights from The Highlights album.
“The Weeknd knows no bounds… The hooks hit hard, and the production is full of surprises, of unexpected combinations of disparate ideas and collaborators”