Welcome to the O Music Awards guest writer series, a place where we hand the proverbial reins over to qualified writers/musicians/etc and let them share their thoughts about music, technology and more. Today’s guest blogger is Russ Marshalek of Flavorpill. The subject? O Music Awards nominee The Weeknd’s third mixtape, Echoes of Silence.
He delivered as he said he would: At basically the very last minute before the end of fall, the enigmatic damaged R&B producer The Weeknd released Echoes of Silence, the third in his “Balloon Trilogy” of 2011 mixtapes — mixtapes in name and method of distribution only as these three records, House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence introduce and execute upon a musical vision more fully realized than anything else this year.