The Weeknd’s New Passion

The Sins and Confession of My Dear Melancholy

BY: Rudie Obias

Last March, The Weeknd surprised his fans when he dropped the My Dear Melancholy EP out of the blue. The five-song EP is a return to the darker side of the Canadian singer/songwriter’s early work, namely Trilogy and Kiss Land. It is also believed to be centered on his short-lived relationships with model Bella Hadid and singer Selena Gomez.

The music video, directed by Grant Singer, for “Call Out My Name” really embraced the darkside of young love and intimacy, as it reflects a nightmare state-of-mind of its aftermath. It follows the singer walking through a dark and twisted place of loneliness and passion, as he goes through anxiety of loss. It’s very haunting, while also oddly sexy with lyrics like,

“You were on top, I put you on top
I claimed you so proud and openly, babe
And when times were rough, when times were rough
I made sure I held you close to—”

The Weeknd also released a short documentary, directed by Joachim Johnson, about the making of My Dear Melancholy called “He Was Never There.” It chronicles recording sessions in a very dream-like and far out there state. It almost feels like you’re watching him make the EP, but you’re also in the background on Molly.

This isn’t the first time The Weeknd has worked with director Grant Singer. The pair have collaborated a number of times over the past few years. Singer almost defines The Weeknd’s music video styles, as he directed “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “Starboy.”

In fact, you can almost say he’s defines a lot of the music videos you’d find on PROVOKR.com, namely My My My!” by Troye Sivan and I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn & Taylor Swift.

My Dear Melancholy is available right now on Spotify and Apple Music. The Weeknd also has a music video for “Try Me” from the EP that’s a Spotify exclusive.