Travis Scott was the first to know The Weeknd’s new EP, My Dear Melancholy, was going to be incredible. The Ethiopian-Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer has gifted listeners with a taste of his older sound, and it can be argued he managed to successfully please fans both old and new.
“I said our love is just a game, I don’t care what they say and I’mma drink the pain away. I’ll be back to my old ways,” is a lyric from one of his new tracks “Privelage.”
He is one of the few singers, if not the only singer, to recently return to his former sound. It seems his breakups with Isabella “Bella” Hadid and Selena Gomez led him to create this six-track EP wherein he bridges the gap between his new pop style and his old psychedelic, drug-infused approach to music. Currently, on Apple music, all six of his songs are within the top seven spots – suffice it to say, this album is fairing well.
A very personal EP, it is also devoid of leads, hints or features. My Dear Melancholy was executive produced by The Weeknd and Frank Dukes, alongside other diverse producers ranging from French electronic producer Gesaffelstein and Daft Punk member Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo to Mike Will Made-It.
If you were to mix Trilogy and Starboy together, this would be the end result. Every track has purpose and it’s by no means for entertainment only, he is is trying to send a message. This is some of The Weeknd’s best work to date and it’s highly recommended.
My Dear Melancholy Track Listing:
01. Call Out My Name (prod. Frank Dukes)
02. Try Me (prod. Mike WiLL Made-It, Marz, Frank Dukes & Daheala)
03. Wasted Times (prod. (Frank Dukes; co-produced by Skrillex)
04. I Was Never There (prod. Gesaffelstein & Frank Dukes)
05. Hurt You (prod. Gesaffelstein, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo; co-produced by Cirkut)
06. Privilege (prod. Frank Dukes & Daheala)
Run Time: 21 minutes
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Check out a stream of the single “Call Out My Name” here.
Information and research help by: Francesco Colosimo.