There have been whisperings of a new The Weeknd album over the past month, but no release date was confirmed. Without really any notice, the Canadian star dropped his new “album” last night titled My Dear Melancholy and it features some of dance music’s brightest to help production. Gesaffelstein, Skrillex, Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Nicolas Jaar can all be found on the project.
Gesaffelstein is listed as a feature on two records, “I Was Never There” and “Hurt You.” Guy-Manuel also contributed to “Hurt You,” while Skrillex co-produced “Wasted Times” with Frank Dukes and Nicolas Jaar is credited as a composer on the opener “Call Out My Name.”
Gesaffelstein has been gone for years now without much of a peep as to what he has been doing, beyond a film score. Now we have some idea of the projects he has been working on.
This is an album that is more mellow and melancholic for The Weeknd, with allusions to past, failed love affairs. There won’t be any bangers like past collabs with Daft Punk in “I Feel It Coming” and “Starboy.” It is remarkable that The Weeknd is able to get Daft Punk to work on music, but seemingly nobody else can. Pick up the project here.