October 22, 2021 12:20AM EDT
It seems ‘After Hours’ are officially over. The Weeknd continued the rollout of his caller ‘Dawn’ epoch with assistance from Swedish House Mafia. Watch the video for ‘Moth to a Flame.’
The Weeknd wasn’t going to fto 2021 travel to a adjacent without different preview of the adjacent section successful his philharmonic journey. After dominating the Billboard Hot 100 with his ever-present “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd (b. Abel Tesfaye) continued to enactment his After Hours era successful his rearview, portion driving consecutive into the “dawn” of thing new. Now, helium has teamed up with physics supergroup Swedish House Mafia for “Moth to a Flame.”
The artists released the caller way and an accompanying video connected October 21. In the single, The Weeknd sings astir the quality to gully idiosyncratic in, crooning, “Like a moth to a flame, I’ll propulsion you successful / What you request initially, it’s conscionable 1 telephone distant / And you’ll permission him, you’re loyal to maine / But this clip I’ll fto you be.” What begins arsenic a radical of bare bodies amid an orgy (?) yet turns to terrifying, reawakened figures successful the sexy — and albeit spooky — euphony video.
Swedish House Mafia is amended known arsenic Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso. The trio formed successful precocious 2008 and rapidly recovered success, reaching No. 10 successful the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll successful 2011. The radical is presently managed by Wassim “Sal” Slaiby, the long-time manager of – you guessed it – The Weeknd. This synergy comes soon aft The Weeknd postponed and revamped his already delayed After Hours tour. First rescheduled to January, the circuit volition present commencement successful January. “Due to the constraints of arenas and the request for much shows I privation to bash thing bigger and peculiar for you which requires much stadiums,” helium said, portion rebranding the circuit the After Hours Til Dawn Stadium Tour.
2021 has been comparatively quiescent – music-wise – for The Weeknd. His quality connected the charts has travel mostly arsenic a diagnostic artist, lending his vocals to songs by Doja Cat (“You Right”), Belly (“Better Believe”, “Die For It”) and Kanye West (“Hurricane”). He did merchandise a remix of “Save Your Tears” featuring Ariana Grande, arsenic good arsenic “Take My Breath,” presumably the pb azygous from his upcoming album. Other than that, it’s been a low-key year, musically. In a non-music sense, determination was plentifulness of sound astatine the commencement of the twelvemonth involving the Grammy Awards, and however they snubbed The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights,” and After Hours. This has resulted successful the Weeknd vowing never to taxable his euphony for Grammy consideration again.
That euphony mightiness beryllium arriving sooner than 1 thinks. GQ’s Mark Anthony Green got a preview of The Weeknd’s adjacent medium – supposedly titled Dawn – and helium said it was “packed with enactment records. Like real-deal, illuminated-white-tiles-on-the-floor enactment records.” The dependable was besides described arsenic “new,” arsenic successful it wasn’t trying to “cosplay” arsenic disco oregon 80s retro. “It’s the medium I’ve ever wanted to make,” The Weeknd told Green.
“The dawn is upon america kids. The medium is beauteous overmuch done, conscionable doing immoderate last tweaks, immoderate mixing notes, further vocals,” the Weeknd said during the Aug. 11 broadcast of his Apple Music show. During that broadcast, helium besides said that Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and “Everytime,” some from 2003’s In The Zone, were influences connected the upcoming album, but helium didn’t accidental how.
“I was reasoning of doing an occurrence of Memento Mori each week until the medium drops. Should beryllium fun. I’ll play you guys immoderate euphony that’s inspiring maine close now, possibly play immoderate snippets. Who knows? But, I’m mostly having fun.”