We know that Drake calls The Weeknd‘s Abel Tesfaye, “somebody I love with all my heart,” and that they’ve been in the studio—and growing their hair out—together. Now the notoriously enigmatic Tesfaye’s major live debut—alongside Drake at second annual OVO Festival on July 31st in Toronto—is fast approaching. How will House of Balloon‘s anonymous, morning-after fables and extended outros fare onstage? Probably okay! Tesfaye’s voice has held up reliably before. Better even, the bombastic drums on “The Birds (Part 1)” could provide a live, standing drummer plenty of mallet-attack opportunities. Hoping for a “The Birds (Part 2),” in which, we’re guessing, the girl doesn’t take the dude’s advice and then everyone comes down.
Download: The Weeknd, “The Birds (Part 1)“