It wasn’t so long ago that we would wait, breath abated, for transmission from R&B’s dark knight, the Weeknd. These days he’s hard at work hyping his Trilogy package, which is out next Tuesday, and it’s like you can’t turn a proverbial internet corner without being smacked in the face by something new. In the last three days alone, he’s released three new songs — “Twenty Eight,” “Valerie” and “Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun),” all via BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe — and just before sunrise Thursday, he shared with his twitter followers the video for Thursday‘s “The Zone.”
“The Zone” includes a rare feature from Abel Tesfaye‘s friend and champion, Drake; and this accompanying video is likewise a rarity as it’s unusually saturated in color. Mostly, it finds Tesfaye hanging out in the House of Balloons mixtape cover brought to life: there balloons, half-dressed girls, spilled drinks, sulky rappers (see: Drake, delivering his verse from what looks like a basement?) and all the usual detritus of a really cool party that stopped being fun a long time ago. And it is more or less, in one video, everything you need to know about the Weeknd.