For the first ten months of the year, The Weeknd kept relatively quiet, but over the past few days, he has been reintroducing himself to the world. A couple days ago, he shared “Heartless,” his first solo single of the year, and now he’s back with another one, “Blinding Lights.”
The track is an uncompromisingly ’80s-style synthwave tune, and that’s a space that The Weeknd apparently has a mastery over. It’s a slight departure from the more hip-hop- and R&B-inspired “Heartless,” and it has a significantly different message as well. While The Weeknd embraces the single life on “Heartless,” he’s all about a special someone on “Blinding Lights,” as he sings on the chorus, “I said, ooh, I’m blinded by the lights / No, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch / I said, ooh, I’m drowning in the night / Oh, when I’m like this, you’re the one I trust.”
This isn’t the first taste fans have gotten of the song, as the track is also teased in a recent Mercedes commercial in which The Weeknd also stars.
The Weeknd apparently has some crazy ideas for his next body of work, as he wrote recently,”TONIGHT WE START A BRAIN MELTING PSYCHOTIC CHAPTER LET’S GOOOO.”
Listen to “Blinding Lights” above.