Quarantine has been a productive time even for a hyper-prolific artist like The Weeknd, who as we speak dropped one other new video — of the Lil Uzi Vert remix of his hit “Heartless” — and remix — a Diplo-helmed Main Lazer retake of his different smash from the autumn “Blinding Lights.”
Because the drop of his newest album “After Hours” — which has been the No. 1 album within the U.S. for 3 consecutive weeks — The Weeknd has dropped three bonus tracks (that are on the deluxe model of the album), six alternate variations of songs from the album, and we’ve actually misplaced observe of what number of movies.
To be trustworthy, ever because the girl tore his head off within the “In Your Eyes” video, we’ve type of misplaced observe of the evolving plot across the “After Hours” movies, which focus on The Weeknd’s character having a darkish night time of the soul in Las Vegas — though the phrase “Intermission” seems a number of instances within the new video, so possibly it’s probably not advancing the plot.
The Weeknd defined the idea behind the video in certainly one of two Selection cowl story articles, which printed final week. (Learn the principle cowl story right here.)
“It’s only a story that we’re telling from the start of the “Heartless” video and persevering with by way of [“Blinding Lights,” “After Hours,” “In Your Eyes” and “Until I Bleed Out“] and [his appearances on] Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. This character is having a very unhealthy night time — all these movies are going down in a single night time — and you’ll include personal interpretation of what it’s,” he says. “You’re watching these goofy guys all f—ed up and drunk and it’s just like the quintessential Vegas journey, very “Masks” impressed, falling over and laughing. However then it will get actually darkish and “Oh sh–, this isn’t enjoyable,” y’know? There’s a breakdown second in “Heartless” the place I notice what’s happening, and that’s when you recognize you’re watching a Weeknd visible. And “Blinding Lights” will get animated however once more, not enjoyable, after which we type of blurred actuality with fiction with the Jimmy Kimmel efficiency. After which I used to be like, “How do I make this night time even worse?,” so [in the “After Hours” short film] we have now this man undergo a whole breakdown, which appears to be like like a possession — I’m being dragged by an invisible pressure by way of the subway. Is he possessed, or is he simply damaged? Is he imagining it? My perspective as a viewer is that it’s truly occurring to him, however to a 3rd individual watching it’s just a few man going loopy. I don’t like to clarify an excessive amount of.