I heard Toronto’s own The Weeknd’s first mixtape sometime in February of this year, and it provided a glittery, cold soundtrack to what was a quite chilly winter. At that time I was just starting to think about getting into music production, and the high-quality sounds of what was a free, anonymous release on the internet really, really inspired me in a way not many other musical releases do. I’m much more attuned to hip-hop than R&B, but the tape certainly had its moments that I could nod a head to.
His second tape, Thursday came out last night, and it’s just more of the same. Edgy, grit-beats with falsetto singing that complements the music in a very subtle, effortless way. Abel Tesfaye can write a song, even if it’s about what are often trivial, tired subjects in music. His lyrics are pulling; yearning almost. If you can buy into the atmosphere of this darkly-tuned artist, it’s not hard to get into what’s all being said here.
The Weekend is seriously making Toronto a name for itself, and he is just another one on the laundry list of up-and-comers from our up-and-coming multicultural city. Needless to say, I am seriously liking this second release. You would too.