If there’s one thing I love more than pretty much anything else, it’s good music. With that in mind, it’s probably no surprise that I’ve been a fan of The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) ever since he released House of Balloonsback in 2011. His sultry blend of pop, soul, and what the kids are calling “PBR&B” — or “hipster R&B” — is unlike anything that any other artist on the scene is doing right now, so it’s no surprise that his fame has skyrocketed in the past year or two. His latest album, Beauty Behind The Madness, was one of the best of 2015, without a doubt, and his latest single “In The Night” is one of the best tracks from it. It gets better, though: The Weeknd’s “In The Night” video is finally here, and it’s full of ’80s goodness and, of course, loads of debauchery.
The clip is, admittedly, a bit of a drug-fuelled journey through a grindhouse movie, with strippers, dodgy characters, rain storms, and blood. Oh, and his rumored girlfriend, Bella Hadid. It’s all very dramatic with a vintage edge, and it’s pretty great. Generally speaking, I’m not much of a music video fan, but there’s something about The Weeknd’s uniquely warped approach to storylines and visuals — and yes, I mean that as a compliment — that makes them totally irresistible.
Don’t believe me? Here’s some proof of just how good this video is: