The Weeknd Drops New EP 'My Dear Melancholy,'

The Weeknd Drops New EP 'My Dear Melancholy,'

The artist surprised the world last night with a new project that goes back to his roots.

The artist surprised the world last night with a new project that goes back to his roots.

Text: Erin McDowell

New music from The Weeknd is finally here. In advance of his upcoming headline performances at festivals like Coachella, the artist dropped a new project last night, My Dear Melancholy, with little warning. Earlier in the day, the artist teased the release with an Instagram post of the EP's cover art and one short phrase as the caption: "tonight."

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The six-track collection follows through on what we've come to expect from the hit-making artist, seeing him go back to his roots with haunting synth lines and melancholic rhythms reminiscent of what's found on his first mixtapes. It's an openly sad affair, but Abel's vocals are still as heavenly and yearning as ever. And considering his penchant for collaborations, this seems to be a solo statement of sorts, with the only credited feature coming from French DJ Gesaffelstein, who contributes sparking, crystal-crisp production to two songs.

My Dear Melancholy, marks The Weeknd's first release since his split from Selena Gomez, a relationship that was highly publicized while promoting his previous hit album Starboy—and the rumor mill is already buzzing about which songs could be about her. The 28-year-old's vocals were most recently on full display on the Black Panther soundtrack with his track "Pray for Me" featuring Kendrick Lamar, which topped the charts this year. Listen to My Dear Melancholy, below.

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