Go Behind the Scenes of The Weeknd’s ‘My Dear Melancholy’
Watch the trippy and dark behind-the-scenes footage of The Weeknd’s new EP ‘My Dear Melancholy'.
The Weeknd has released an eerie behind-the-scenes look into the making of his new EP My Dear Melancholy.
The video titled “He Was Never There”, runs for six minutes and provides a surreal point of view for fans to see The Weeknd recording vocals, distorting recordings with synthesisers and listening to playbacks.
Director, Joachim Johnson cuts in and out of grainy, dimly lit studio scenes to strings of palm trees and burning flowers, while gritty voice recordings provide insight into a creative and emotional process. “To me, it's really like cultivating what's in Abel's head,”, says one voice. Another voice notes “I think there is something for everyday people to connect with, but it is the world of The Weekend...And I think some people wish that was their perspective.”
The grainy footage perfectly reflects the altered and distorted audio that accompanies the video and the thematic sound of the EP. One producer can be heard saying “Can we try affecting it, like putting a distortion on it, too see what it sounds like?”.
The ‘docupoem’ is trippy and ambiguous, posing more questions than answers. During the opening scene, the words “He was never there” flash repeatedly across the screen. Although the footage is an intimate look into the artist’s creative process, it is still dark, mysterious and elusive, reflective of The Weeknd.
This recent EP is produced by The Weeknd and Frank Dukes, with a few tracks produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Skrillex and Mike Will Made-It. Daft Punk produced and featured on his 2016 record Starboy, on “I Feel it Coming” and the album’s title-track.
“He Was Never There” is in the same style as a teaser video released last week for “Call Out My Name”, in which a collection of old television sets play gritty, distorted and static footage of The Weeknd singing the dark, heartfelt song.
The Weeknd dropped My Dear Melancholy in late March and received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
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