After 3 unheard songs leaked recently, the Weeknd fought to regain control of his narrative today by releasing a new song/video titled “The Hills.” The clip starts with the singer climbing out of a flipped car, bleeding from a wound on his forehead—explaining the photo that popped up on his Instagram this weekend. The song’s theme is classic Weeknd, a post-pleasure mix of drugs—“when I’m fucked up, that’s the real me”—and sex. But his tracks are growing into stadium-sized juggernauts. This one rides an imposing, symmetrical synth riff and onslaughts of bass. Every so often, a sample of a piercing shriek cuts through the gloom.
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