The Weeknd, Jim Carrey team for Dawn FM, a weird new album ‘universe’

Starboy is beginning the year with a brand-new universe. The Weeknd, likewise referred to as Abel Tesfaye, has actually revealed a brand-new album called Dawn FM, that it’s coming Jan. 7, which it’s jam-packed with an uncommon cast of partners. There are a variety of musical designs: Quincy Jones, Lil Wayne, Oneohtrix Point Never Ever, and Tyler, The Developer. And there’s likewise Jim Carrey.

There’s a brand-new video promotion which guarantees a “new sonic universe,” as The Weeknd enters into an auto accident, is dragged away by cult members in bathrobes, all of a sudden ages, appears in a club, is approached by a cult leader, and appears puzzled. And after that a DJ invites the audience to 103.5 Dawn FM, keeping in mind that “you’ve been in the dark way too long. It’s time to walk into the light, and accept your fate with open arms.”

There are some tips about what the album will seem like, most significantly it’s lead single “Take My Breath.” Opening with a riff that sounds a little like the “Edge of Seventeen” sample Fate’s Kid utilized on “Bootylicious,” the track strikes that midpoint in between the traditional dance-pop produced by Quincy Jones — especially Michael Jackson’s 1987 enter a more difficult edge, Bad — and the at-times unworldly electronic noises of Oneohtrix Point Never ever, who readers might likewise called the author of Great Time and Uncut Gems.

It’s a kind of music that The Weeknd has actually made prior to. He’s covered Bad’s “Dirty Diana,” after all. However “Take My Breath” seems like an elevation of that noise.

The track’s video has a setting as interesting as its noise. Occurring at an underground rave where everybody’s worn their Matrix/Blade finest leather, the video reveals individuals counting on oxygen tanks throughout their festivity, breathing into their masks. Masks have a long history at raves, however these appear to have some sort of blissful drug in them, which exercises excellent for The Weeknd till a female begins choking him with her braid.

Getting battered in his video is absolutely nothing brand-new for The Weeknd. In an interview with GQ from August 2021 where he went over Dawn F.M., he stated the routine violence checked out upon his own individual in his videos is ‘me getting rid of The Weeknd from Abel. I believe a great deal of individuals resemble, “Oh, he’s suicidal.’ It’s not that. I think it’s me removing The Weeknd from the world, but he still finds his way back.”

Because exact same profile, Tesfaye plays the author, Mark Anthony Green, a couple of tracks off the album from when it was still a work in development.

The music struck the studio like a Mack truck. The brand-new task is loaded with celebration records. Like real-deal, illuminated-white-tiles-on-the-floor celebration records. Quincy Jones fulfills Giorgio Moroder fulfills the best-night-of-your-fucking-life celebration records. Not anachronistic disco things. (Not “cosplay,” as Abel put it.) That sort of retro thing is having a minute today in popular song, however these records are brand-new. Sweaty. Difficult. Drenched-suit, grinding-on-the-girl/boy-of-your-dreams celebration records.

“It’s the album I’ve always wanted to make,” Abel stated. That declaration would stick around in my brain for days. As did the music. It ended up being almost difficult to discover something else to listen to. Whatever else sounded soft. Or didn’t groove enough. Or felt too pleased. Or too unfortunate. It was clear to me that this isn’t simply the album The Weeknd has actually constantly wished to make; it’s the album we’ve constantly desired him to make.

That sounds rather appealing. Still no concept what Jim Carrey is going to be doing.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.