Nearly two years after serving up ‘After Hours,’ The Weeknd has returned. The singer/songwriter dropped off his fifth studio album last weekend, entitled ‘Dawn FM.’ The new project comes in with a bevy of new material, sixteen tracks in total, and a solid roster of guests as well.
The Weeknd opened up to Billboard back in November, speaking about making new music. He stated: “I started writing the album during the pandemic, which felt like we’re all in this scary, unknown territory. And I wanted to make music I thought sounded like going outside.” He added, “I was obsessed with that feeling. I just felt like I didn’t know how to make this album until now. It probably would be too ambitious for me. I knew what I liked, but I felt like I didn’t have the skill sets to deliver that type of project until now.”
He also told the magazine, “Picture the album being like the listener is dead. And they’re stuck in this purgatory state, which I always imagined would be like being stuck in traffic waiting to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.” Further adding, “And while you’re stuck in traffic, they got a radio station playing in the car, with a radio host guiding you to the light and helping you transition to the other side. So it could feel celebratory, could feel bleak; however, you want to make it feel, but that’s what [Dawn FM] is for me.”
The project is certainly worth your time and attention. The Weeknd does his thing, pairing up with the likes of Jim Carrey, Quincey Jones, Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Check out the new album ‘Dawn FM’ in the stream below and look for more from The Weeknd coming soon. In the meantime, keep it locked with The Culture Curators for all the best new music coming very soon.