The Weeknd is resurrected and thrust into a disco dance floor ritual in Sacrifice music video

The Weeknd is resurrected after ‘seeing the light’ and launches into a dance floor ritual in the first music video, Sacrifice, from the new album Dawn FM.

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The Weeknd kicked out his depression demons with a disco touch on his fifth studio album Dawn FM.

On Friday, the 31-year-old singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, released the first music video for an album track, Sacrifice, showing him being pushed into some kind of ritual on the dance floor after resurrecting.

Of his new album, the Canadian singer had previously teased that it would be about embracing a new dawn after his After Hours era, which was marked by a ‘dark and sad’ time.

A New Dawn: The 31-year-old The Weeknd released Sacrifice’s music video for his latest album Dawn FM on Friday, showing him experiencing a kind of resurrection and human ritual with a disco touch.

The four-minute video begins with the singer seemingly bearing fruit when an imaginary radio station (103.5 Dawn FM) says: “You have been in the dark for too long, it is time for you to walk into the light and accept your destiny with open arms.”

The radio voice, which was revealed to be none other than Jim Carrey, goes on to say: ‘Scared? Don’t worry, we’ll be there to hold your hand and guide you through this painless transition. ‘

He is then attacked by a blinding light as he seemingly emerges from purgatory, at which point he wakes up on a dance floor and gasps for air.

The video, which awakens visions of the Matrix, continues to see him on a journey towards the search for light.

Finding the Light - The four minute video begins with the singer seemingly coming to fruition when the voice says 'you've been in the dark for too long, it's time you walked into the light and accepted your destiny with open arms'

Finding the Light – The four minute video begins with the singer seemingly coming to fruition when the voice says ‘you’ve been in the dark for too long, it’s time you walked into the light and accepted your destiny with open arms’

Literal Evolution: The Canadian singer had previously teased that the album would try to embrace a new dawn after being 'blinded by light' in its After Hours era, which was marked by a 'dark and sad' time.

Literal Evolution: The Canadian singer had previously teased that the album would try to embrace a new dawn after being ‘blinded by light’ in its After Hours era, which was marked by a ‘dark and sad’ time.

On a Journey: The voiceover goes on to say that it would be a 'painless transition' to the other side, as it is then seen filled with light before returning to consciousness.

On a Journey: The voiceover goes on to say that it would be a ‘painless transition’ to the other side, as it is then seen filled with light before returning to consciousness.

He is dragged by men covered in black capes onto a wheel that looks like torture, which seems to be a kind of metaphor for being chained by sadness.

The film’s ominous aesthetic quickly turns technicolor in parts, as it seems to find its balance again after being shrouded in darkness and anguish.

The track, which was produced in collaboration with Swedish House Mafia and Max Martin, is of course a kind of love ballad that talks about the willpower to survive after heartbreak.

In the choir he sings an excerpt: ‘I sacrificed your love for more than the night’ showing a reflective journey, before finding strength as he sings: ‘Yes, this life is still worth living.’

Resurrection - He is then seen waking up on a dance floor and gasping for air after being in some kind of purgatory for an inexplicable time.

Resurrection – He is then seen waking up on a dance floor and gasping for air after being in some kind of purgatory for an inexplicable time.

Human 'Sacrifice': A nod to the title of the track throughout the video is seen tied to a wheel that looks like torture, an apparent metaphor of being chained by sadness and darkness.

Human ‘Sacrifice’ – A nod to the track’s title throughout the video sees him strapped to a torture-like wheel, an apparent metaphor for being chained by sadness and darkness.

Pushing Through It: In the chorus he sings an excerpt: 'I sacrificed your love for more than the night' showing a thoughtful journey, before pushing it while singing: 'Yes, this life is still worth living.'

Pushing Through It: In the chorus he sings an excerpt: ‘I sacrificed your love for more than the night’ showing a thoughtful journey, before pushing it while singing: ‘Yes, this life is still worth living.’

Technicolor Escape: The ominous aesthetic of the video quickly turns technicolor in parts as it seems to find its balance again after being shrouded in darkness and anguish.

Technicolor Escape: The ominous aesthetic of the video quickly turns technicolor in parts as it seems to find its balance again after being shrouded in darkness and anguish.

Dawn FM is the continuation of After Hours and this video shows him uncovering his face without bandages.

He had remained committed to the person he created for over a year, appearing on awards shows and music videos bloodied and bandaged with his face progressively transforming into what was eventually revealed to be a plastic surgery monster.

“The importance of all head wrapping is reflected in the absurd culture of the Hollywood celebrity and people who manipulate themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated,” he had previously disclosed.

After Hours:

A New Dawn: The Weeknd had already raised the tone of Dawn FM by saying

After hours: ‘It was too dark and sad, it was not cathartic at all’, he explained about After Hours in a press session this week, and had launched Dawn FM saying ‘The after hours finished and the dawn is coming’; (left) in the November 2020 photo (right) in the May 2021 photo

“It was too dark and sad, it wasn’t cathartic at all,” he explained of After Hours in a press session this week. “So I put that album down and created something more fantastic, more of an escape,” he said of Dawn FM.

He had also previously mocked his newly launched company: “After hours is over and dawn is coming.”

Sacrifice marks the first music video for their new album, both of which were released on January 7. The 16-track album features collaborators such as Tyler the Creator and Lil Wayne.

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