Nihilism, cocaine, narcissism, misogyny: These are the issues that make a brand new The Weeknd album a Weeknd album. Predictably, After Hours has all of them, and doesn’t hassle to upend the meticulous mythos the pop star has spent a decade manufacturing. Instead, the Toronto singer’s fourth studio album swaps out one sonic texture — the bleak, Daft Punk-led futurism of 2016’s Starboy — for the sinister celestial work of Oneohtrix Point Never, whereas doubling down on what The Weeknd is aware of finest: intercourse puns.
On the second verse of the aptly-named, “Snowchild,” The Weeknd sings: “She like my futuristic sounds in the new spaceship / Futuristic sex give her Philip K. dick.” For those who want clarification, Philip Ok. Dick was a science-fiction author who most famously wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel that impressed the 1982 Ridley Scott movie, Blade Runner. His final identify can be “Dick,” permitting him to be used as a double entendre in a Weeknd tune.
Over the final decade, The Weeknd has original himself as our time’s nice sexual savant, so it makes a certain quantity of sense that he’d like to introduce the world to “futuristic sex” to accompany his “futuristic sound.” However, he spends little time of the remainder of “Snowchild” informing listeners what makes his intercourse so forward of its time, or elaborating the way it is likely to be comparable to a Philip Ok. Dick story. Does a “Philip K.” penis depart one with emotions of dystopian dread or educate about the risks of authoritarianism? Does his dick make you query for those who’re a human, or maybe the product of an experiment in know-how gone very, very incorrect? Will God ever forgive us for what we’ve accomplished?
The following line, “She never need a man, she what a man need” hints that he’s presumably talking of a world the place males are ineffective when it comes to carnal pleasures. But it looks as if we’re already residing in that actuality. Hopefully, on the subsequent album, we’ll hear extra about what intercourse will probably be like in the future and we can also all share in some “Philip K.” dick — if there’s one.