November 10, 2012

Trilogy

Back in September Abel Tesfaye, bka The Weeknd, announced Trilogy, a collection of his first three mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence; respectively), remastered with each album getting an unreleased bonus track attached. Shortly before Halloween he unveiled "Enemy", which I initially dismissed after one listen with little interest. Then, over the past week, the three bonus tracks from Trilogy were unveiled via BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe. I've been playing the bonus tracks along with "Enemy" a few times over this morning and I find myself enjoying it all so much more collected. It actually isn't surprising as I'm typically more inclined to listen to whole records over singles, and The Weeknd has a knack for writing songs that are distinguishable enough to stand alone without ever losing a unique vibe that always ties all of his music together. It's unique and familiar all at once. The production on the songs also requires repeated listens to fully absorb the subtle intricacies, which can be tedious but wholly worth it. On Wednesday Tesfaye also released the self-directed video for "The Zone (ft Drake)", which you can view above. Below you'll find "Enemy", all three bonus tracks, a recent video for "Wicked Games", + the cover art for Trilogy.

MP3:
The Weeknd - Enemy
The Weeknd - Twenty Eight

Stream:
The Weeknd - Valerie
The Weeknd - Till Dawn (Here Come the Sun)
Trilogy drops this Tuesday, November 13, via Universal Republic. The iTunes version includes a digital booklet with new art from XO and a download of "The Zone" music video. The CD version will include each album from the collection on its own disc.


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