The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence (Republic/UMG): While continuing to break charts and streaming records at a rapid rate, global superstar Abel Tesfaye found time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his third mixtape, Echoes of Silence. The original mixes have been released alongside a limited edition line of merchandise designed by illustrator Hajime Sorayama, and an official video for the title track is now out, quickly notching a million views in just two days.
Sorayama also directed the highly cinematic video, one that clearly had a big budget. The song itself is a haunting ballad that shows The Weeknd at his most vulnerable and displays his emotional expressiveness.
It is a smart move to alert fans made in just the last few years that The Weeknd has a formidable back-catalogue well worth exploring and one that can stand the test of time.
This is just another short chapter in a success story that has had few equals in Canadian music history. Look for 2022 to be another blockbuster year for an artist who seems unable to put a foot wrong.