Canadian singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye, best known as the Weeknd, is going back to basics with My Dear Melancholy, — comma included — in the style of his trilogy of mixtapes (House of BalloonsThursday and Echoes of Silence) released in 2011. Shared on streaming platforms on March 30th, the opus gives us 6 new tracks that are clearly less accessible than the more classic hits from his last album Starboy, crowned best ‘urban contemporary’ album at last year’s Grammys. 

 

Crafted by a legion of electro producers including Skrillex, Gesaffelstein and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (one half of Daft Punk), the EP offers a range of tracks dipped in dark R&B sonorities, dealing with the emotional evils of his relationships with Disney Channel star Selena Gomez and top model Bella Hadid. As intense as it is intimate, The Weeknd mourns with smooth vocals over his self-destructive love life. In the opening song Call Out My Name, we hear him sing “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life”. It almost feels like an album written by his female counterpart and friend Lana Del Rey...

 

My Dear Melancholy,, The Weeknd, already available.