As it pops up close to the top of The Weeknd‘s moody fourth LP After Hours, synthpop ballad “Save Your Tears” feels maybe essentially the most acceptable to the album’s title of any of its tunes. It’s extra hangover than social gathering, although its attractive, funky sonics (and eventual robotic vocalizations) create the form of pop flip producer Max Martin has made a profession out of.
It is sensible, then, for Ariana Grande to hop on the remix, out right now (April 23), and for her contributions to go away the tune much more dazzling. What’s extra shocking is the tune’s accompanying new animated video, which finds an animated Weeknd creating his personal Grande out of spare components in an underground lair.
The clip, directed by Jack Brown and produced by London animation studio Blinkink, fuses The Weeknd’s chaotic, trendy After Hours persona with Grande’s fembot iconography she leaned closely into for Positions, her sixth album that dropped in October 2020. It’s a pleasant match.
This is not the primary time Abel Tesfaye has been a cartoon, both. Last yr, he appeared on TBS’s American Dad to poke enjoyable at his sex-fueled persona and “admit” to really being a virgin; his 2020 “Snowchild” video recruited Japan’s D’ART Shtajio animation studio to show him into an anime protagonist as effectively.
Check out the spiffy new video above, then revisit Ari and Abel’s earlier collabs: “Love Me Harder” and “Off the Table.”