After weeks of behind-the-scenes studio shots and a teaser asking if he should share new music this week (“Should we drop Friday? I’m indifferent to be honest.”), The Weeknd is back with a brand new EP containing six songs. He just shared My Dear Melancholy, an EP that returns to his dark, moody roots. Fans of his earlier work will love the new EP.
My Dear Melancholy, starts with “Call Out My Name,” a confessional ode to a girlfriend as she leaves you. The Weeknd describes their troubled beginnings on the subtle first verse, crooning, “We found each other / I helped you out of a broken place / you gave me comfort / but falling for you was my mistake.” The chorus explodes into The Weeknd’s signature belting as he asks, “Why can’t you wait ’til I fall out of love?” “Call Out My Name” continues to build up through the second chorus, then fades into a murky end.
“Try Me” kicks off with a more electronic style, complemented by falsetto vocals through the verse. The Weeknd pleas to take a romantic relationship to the next level, even as the song dons a darker tone. Its ending leads directly into “Wasted Times.” The Weeknd admits that he wants his ex-girlfriend back, saying that their more recent partners don’t hold a candle to what they had together.
My Dear Melancholy, includes two songs featuring Gesaffelstein. The first is “I Was Never There,” a heavy banger that opens with a siren as its melody. It dives into even darker territory as The Weeknd describes a man who feels empty and suicidal, thinking that vanishing into thin air is preferable to the misery he faces now. It fades into a delicate ending.
“Hurt You,” which also features Gesaffelstein, continues the story and the siren motif. It describes the woman also feeling suicidal, but The Weeknd wants to improve her situation – physically, if not with anything deeper. He worries that a fuller relationship would just lead to more pain.
The final song, “Privilege,” feels like a gloomy epilogue to the EP. It’s a soft, short track about ending things on a bad note. Indeed, My Dear Melancholy, closes with mood the title promised.
The Weeknd’s last album, Starboy, came out late in 2016, and launched hits like its title track and “I Feel It Coming.” Last year, he teamed up with frequent collaborator Lana Del Rey on her song “Lust For Life,” from her album of the same name. The Weeknd’s latest collaboration was with Kendrick Lamar on “Pray For Me,” recorded for the Black Panther soundtrack.
My Dear Melancholy, is a great collection of new songs that will keep fans happy until the next full-length record. Enjoy the new EP, and get ready for The Weeknd’s next album, expected in 2019. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.