Jeez! Talk about an unexpected turn of events. Abel Tesfaye, also know by his stage nam,e The Weeknd, shared his quite shocking video for Kiss Land album cut, “Pretty,” today. Directed by Sam Pilling, the clip shows Tesfaye leaving the airport and riding in a chauffeured car with a certain lady in mind. Looking dejected, he stops for food and flowers, while his lover gets ready for his arrival. Though you might expect a fairy tale ending, the story suddenly takes a startling twist that pushes some graphic boundaries and actually made my jaw drop a little.
Violent undertone aside, the video does have a high cinematic quality, not to mention a very successful element of surprise. Watch the video below. But beware, it contains violence and a lot (yes, a lot) of nudity.