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Ten years ago today, The Weeknd released his mixtape entitled "Echoes of Silence," the third full-length project in the now-legendary hat trick from the then-underground Toronto R&B artist. Today, Abel Tesfaye is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, so that he can afford the very fancy-looking video for the "Echoes of Silence" title track. Kurando Furuya directs the CGI clip with creative direction from the famed Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama. Perhaps best known on Rap Twitter for designing Tyga's Kyoto album cover, Soryama brings back his signature sexy robots for a chrome-finished sojourn through a post-apocalyptic, "Dune" landscape. If you were tapped in when "Echoes of Silence" first dropped, it's wild to see the relatively lo-fi piano dirge get such a luxurious treatment. To celebrate Echoes of Silence’s 10th anniversary, Tesfaye has also launched a capsule collaborating with Sorayama. The collection features a 1000% Sorayama x The Weeknd Be@rbrick, 400% + 100% Sorayama x The Weeknd Be@rbrick, and a handful of cut and sews t-shirts, long sleeves shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, a bomber jacket, trucker hat, and lithograph. "Echoes of Silence" is also re-released in its original vinyl and a special edition version with artwork by Sorayama. Each of The Weeknd's first three mixtapes – "House of Balloons," "Thursday," and "Echoes of Silence" – were re-released in their original forms on streaming this year.

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