The Weeknd (aka Ethiopian-Canadian emcee Abel Tesfaye)’s debut mixtape, ‘House of Balloons’, blew us away when it was released in March. If you haven’t already, you can download it (and ‘Thursday’, the follow-up) for free from his website. Hint: you should – it’s a masterpiece.
One of the things that made the mixtape so compelling was the vividness of the tableaux evoked by the tunes, both lyrically and musically. It is extremely atmospheric music, and it’s often impossible not to visualise the (often fairly grim) scenes being sung about. But up until now, The Weeknd has not provided his own visuals. Fan efforts abound, but until last week there were no official videos.
Enter Mikael Colombu. At the helm for the official video for ‘The Knowing’, the French director combines collage-style animation, religious/erotic symbolism, and time-travelling sci-fi lunacy to create an epic visual feast. It’s bold, dark, elegant and completely bonkers.
His third mixtape is rumoured to be out in mid-December: see if you can figure out what on earth is going on in this video by then.