For the last few days, I could not listen to anything else but The Weeknd. It’s the r&b project of Toronto-based 21 year old singer Abel Tesfaye. He released his first free mixtape, House of Balloons, in March and the second album ‘Thursday’ followed earlier in August. Supposedly, a third long player is due before the end of the year, titled Echoes of Silence.
So, the young one is pumping it out like crazy. Got twittered, hyped, collaborated and all-in-all supported by fellow Torontonian Drake. Of course, he’s been the talk on all the bloggies and whatever else it’s called. Recently, the song ‘High For This’ was featured in the trailer for the final season of HBO’s Entourage. By now, I’m actually a little scared that I’m turning straight. Anyways, here is a pfun clip of ‘High For This’ from The Weeknd’s first ever concert at the Mod Club in Toronto, July 2011.
Most of the songs are slow, moody numbers – hot vocals, falsetto – sex & drug references on top. There are Aaliyah and Beach House samples, chunky guitar outbreaks. And this probably not the last time I’m falling for music that carries some Prince and Kanye – 808s & Heartbreak – influences.
I’m wondering, when he sings about new glass tables in ‘House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls’, does this really mean The Weeknd is all about Glass Bottom Boats? Me thinks YES, he’s going right thurrr. Although, rapgenius says otherwise but what do they know?
And we can test out the tables
Got some brand new tables
All glass and its four feet wide
But it’s a must to get us ten feet high
Bring out the glass tables
If after all the downbeat druggyness you feel the need to crawl out from under the layers of smoke and get hit by a four to the floor beat, listen to the Prince Club remix of The Morning. Does the trick!
My favourites: Life Of The Party, The Zone, The Birds Part 1 & 2, Gone
My favourites: House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls, What You Need, Coming Down, High For This, The Morning