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The Weeknd unveils new single “The Hills” and video — watch

on May 27, 2015, 10:25am

Following an unfortunate leak of unfinished material earlier in the week, The Weeknd has delivered a track he actually wanted to release. Proving that Abel Tesfaye has more stacked up in his vault than you’d imagined, “The Hills” wasn’t even one of the songs that slipped out unceremoniously. Instead, it’s a track he premiered live during his wildly impressive Coachella set.

“The Hills” has all of Tesfaye’s typical signatures, from the whip-snap percussion and booming bass lines to his own soaring vocal heights. But instead of indulging in the guilt-free sexiness of so much of his work, there’s a touch of self-deprecation in the lyricism here. Though he’s trying to “keep it simple” and be honest that this booty call is just a booty call, he’s aware of how shallow it all is. “I only love it when you touch me, not feel me,” he croons. “When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me.”

The track comes accompanied by a music video that sees Tesfaye walking away from a nasty car wreck. Though he appears to never have been told you shouldn’t move too much after a crash, he at least learned one thing from the Grand Theft Auto franchise: Always get away from a flipped over car before it explodes. Check it out below:

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