Already an early top contender for “album of the year,” Abel Tesfaye’s second chapter of his new trilogy has gotten “The Dawn FM Experience” — releasing his highly-anticipated live performance on Prime Video Saturday (Feb. 26).
Previously releasing a live stream on the eve of his album release (Jan. 6), The Weeknd commanded an ethereal discotheque as the DJ — performing the album atop a heightened platform while partygoers scattered beneath him. Now, Abel seems to have more surprises up his sleeve for his Prime Video premiere, hopefully offering greater insight into the musical “purgatory” he’s cultivated.
“I’m ecstatic to partner with Amazon to premiere the most elaborate live TV special I’ve ever done. Welcome to the next phase of Dawn FM — a purgatory otherworld where live performance, theater, and performance art collide for a night out at the club.”The Weeknd via press release
Dawn FM follows The Weeknd’s endeavor into the unknown — striving to keep afloat following the light amid the darkness. Engulfed in a state of transitionary euphoria, themes of depression, self regret, love and seeing the beauty in death are littered throughout the record, as the “old Abel” seen on the cover seemingly looks back on life’s greatest hits.
While After Hours was the first act to Dawn FM’s ethereal experience, The Weeknd continues to display a potency and genius that very few artists possess. Ushering in a chilling second chapter of another trilogy, Dawn FM is not only a sonic thrill ride filled with euphoric detours, but is a testament to timeless art that never leaves our hearts.
Watch Weeknd’s “The Dawn FM Experience” here!