If you haven’t heard of The Weeknd yet, it’s about time that you should. The Toronto based coalition of R&B singer Abel Tesfaye and producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo released their first of three albums intended for 2011 in March – the nine track mixtape called House of Balloons. It’s difficult to think of another recent album that has been so successful in creating a sense of mood and atmosphere as this. Sexually-charged and drug-fueled; these songs take you through both the highs and lows of the moments between sunset and sunrise. The title track for this album is a two-part song titled “House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls” which finely displays the atmospheric range described above. After 3 and a half minutes of sampling Siouxsie and the Banshees “Happy House,” the track suddenly takes a dark turn into the wee hours of the night. Good luck listening to this only once.
Written by Jesse Zryb