Based entirely off of hype from mixtapes, Abel Tasfaye - better known as The Weeknd - is currently prepping a "sophomore" effort. The mixtapes, Echoes of Silence, Thursday, and House of Balloons were all released in 2011, and eventually released as Trilogy last year by Republic Records.
The Weeknd specializes in falsetto-based crooning, layered over smooth synths, heavy bass, and immersive beats, and has boosted himself to the forefront of the "alt-R&B" genre. His next album, Kiss Land promises to deliver all the same elements, building on Tasfaye's reputation as a producer as well.
With this album, of course, will come a nationwide tour, for which the dates can be found below. Catching a portion of his set at last year's Lollapalooza, I can vouch for the transferability of his falsetto and sort of chaotically seductive tracks to a live setting. The album is due out towards the end of summer, just in time for the tour to reach major cities throughout North America.
Check out the video for the album's title track below (which is also available via iTunes), our first glimpse at the new album, Kiss Land.
The Weeknd Tour Dates
9/6 Vancouver, BC
9/7 Vancouver, BC
9/10 Seattle, WA
9/13 Berkeley, CA The Greek Theatre – Berkeley
9/14 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
9/16 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
9/17 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
9/20 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
9/22 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
9/23 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
9/24 Houston, TX
9/26 Tampa, FL
9/27 Orlando, FL
9/28 Miami, FL
9/30 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
10/1 Charlotte, NC
10/2 Durham, NC
10/4 Camden, NJ
10/5 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
10/7 New York, NY
10/8 New York, NY
10/11 Boston, MA
10/13 Chicago, IL
10/14 Chicago, IL
10/15 Detroit, MI
10/17 Toronto, ON
10/19 Toronto, ON
10/20 Toronto, ON Massey Hall