The Weeknd pairs his brooding after-hours aesthetic with pulsating dance-punk on his new song, “False Alarm.”
While “False Alarm” still finds the Weeknd crooning lines like “Bathroom stalls for the powdered nose” and “You love her but you’ll never be the one,” the production is grittier than the slick grooves of “I Can’t Feel My Face” or “In the Night.” The percussion is tight and relentless, while the spacey synths and guitars build to a blaring chorus, which the Weeknd introduces with a scathing scream.
“False Alarm” fittingly follows the Weeknd’s video for “Starboy” — his recent single with Daft Punk — in which the R&B star kidnaps and disposes of his Beauty Behind the Madness-era self. “Starboy” is the title track off of the Weeknd’s upcoming record, which is set to arrive November 25th.
This weekend, the Weeknd will perform at New York City’s Meadows Festival alongside Kanye West, J. Cole and Chance the Rapper. He’s also scheduled to perform on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live October 1st.