It looks like The Weeknd might have a few new tricks up his sleeve. Here is the second promo single from his upcoming album, Starboy. “False Alarm”, coming at the heels of the album’s Daft Punk-assisted title track, is a change of pace for Abel Tesfaye. Sort of. It’s still as nervous and obsessed with nightlife as the next Weeknd joint, but this time it comes with a massive dose of 80s nostalgia in the chorus. OK, so Beauty Behind the Madness was all catchy Michael Jackson nostalgia. The difference here is that a chorus like this sounds unexpected from the guy.
Could be that Tesfaye will make good on his promise for an album influenced by The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, and Prince. Starboy is out November 25.
Listen to “False Alarm“ below. It will be released on iTunes/Apple Music tonight at midnight EDT.