Now, the Canadian star has finally released the visuals for his latest album, with the dark new video for its opening track "Call Out My Name".
Tortured by his separation from Selena Gomez, on this track he presents a solitary romantic lament. And what better way to illustrate his solitude than to walk alone, lost, along a damp, deserted road in the twilight?
"We found each other. I helped you out of a broken place. You gave me comfort. But falling for you was my mistake. I said I didn't feel nothing, baby, but I lied."
To add even more intensity to his dark emotions, swarms of bats emerge from Abel’s mouth when he sings the chorus. Then, he finds himself in the middle of an empty projection room, which successively transports him through sublime cinema decors.
Still alone, he then appears in a gloomy blazing forest filled with animals, then on the shore accompanied by a strange-faced mermaid. This mysterious, icy figure shows her face again at the very end of the video clip, as if to symbolize the fact that his emotional demons will haunt him forever.
The good news in all of this is that The Weeknd’s music is never better than when he’s in pain. It just goes to show that sometimes one man’s loss is another man’s gain.