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The Weeknd Takes Us Back to the ’80s With “Blinding Lights”

Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, has been keeping himself busy during the final weeks of 2019. He followed the release of his highly-anticipated single, “Heartless,” with a drastically different song that serves as a blast from the past. “Blinding Lights” takes us back to the ’80s, and since nostalgia is all the rage right now, we gladly welcome it.

The Weeknd is openly ecstatic about his new era of music, which he described as “a brain-melting psychotic chapter” on social media. If the two lead singles are any indication, we can expect a blend of catchy sounds that’ll get us moving, paired with somber lyrics we can ruminate on late at night. That juxtaposition has been Abel’s strong suit since he transitioned out of his moody mixtape days.

The “Blinding Lights” lyrics are rumored to be about one of the musician’s famous ex-girlfriends — Bella Hadid or Selena Gomez, to be more specific — but we can’t get past the fact that it sounds like an unreleased song from a Stranger Things soundtrack. It will be slightly upsetting if the official music video doesn’t include Demogorgons or a Hawkins, Indiana, backdrop.

Versatility is key in the music industry and The Weeknd has demonstrated that he’s more than adept at adjusting to various styles. While “Blinding Lights” is synth-heavy and upbeat, the lyrics detail a need for love because he’s been “going through withdrawals.” The song is also brilliantly crafted, which isn’t a surprise given pop music extraordinaire Max Martin‘s involvement in the production.

Abel’s new chapter is just beginning, so there are bound to be a few more releases and music videos before his full album drops. Until then, you can check out his ode to the ’80s below, which may or may not lead to a subsequent Stranger Things viewing session.

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