Two weeks ago, The Weeknd surprised fans with his emotional new EP, My Dear Melancholy. Following a lyric video for “Call Out My Name,” the standout song now gets a dark music video directed by Grant Singer.
The opening track on My Dear Melancholy, “Call Out My Name” is a confessional ode to a girlfriend as she leaves him. 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 song then explodes into The Weeknd’s signature belting. He asks, “Why can’t you wait ’til I fall out of love?” on the heartbreaking chorus. “Call Out My Name” continues to build up through the second chorus, adding layers of distortion and exclamations. All too soon, it fades into a murky end.
The new music video vividly captures this shattering mood. It opens with The Weeknd leaning on a lamppost in a deserted street as night falls. He walks along the lonely road, unexpectedly screaming out a colony of bats on the chorus. We then see The Weeknd taking the stage in an empty theater, accompanied only by the lifeless creatures on the screen behind him. The “Call Out My Name” music video offers stunning and eerie visuals, but still leaves room for viewer interpretation.
Watch the video for “Call Out My Name” below:
If you’d like to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how The Weeknd made My Dear Melancholy, check out his min-documentary (or “docupoem”), He Was Never There, below:
The Weeknd’s last full 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 an excellent collection of new songs that will keep fans happy until the next full-length record. Enjoy the music video for “Call Out My Name,” and get ready for The Weeknd’s next album, expected in 2019. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.
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