Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd is back with the title track of his unfortunately named new record Kiss Land. The track is vintage Weeknd: gorgeously arranged atmospheric, foreboding and sinister beat-driven music with graphic, dark lyrics about isolation, money, fame, drugs and sex. Lots of drugs and sex. But what has always stood out in The Weeknd's lyrics is the fact that he is very aware of the pervading darkness that hangs over all the partying in his songs. His current chosen path leads to nothing truly meaningful, and he is painfully aware of this fact, repeating the coda "this ain't nothing to relate to" over and over again by the end of the song.
Kiss Land (ugh) is due out later this year and is The Weeknd's proper studio follow-up to his astonishingly good mixtape trilogy from 2011-2012 of House Of Ballons, Thursday and Echoes Of Silence, and is one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year.