‘Dawn FM’ has arrived, and The Weeknd’s new album featured a surprising cameo from Jim Carrey. The ‘telescope friends’ were first introduced through texts when the singer invited Jim Carrey over to listen to some of his music in 2019. The album also features contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, Swedish House Mafia, Max Martin, Calvin Harris, and Uncut Gems co-director Josh Safdie. It also includes the 2021 single “Take My Breath.”
Carrey shares a songwriting credit with The Weeknd and producer Max Martin on the album’s penultimate track, “Phantom Regret by Jim.” This time, Carrey begins the song in rhyme, encouraging the listener to reflect on their lives as if they were coming to an end. The Weeknd can be heard harmonizing in the background as his poem continues for three minutes. The title track spotlights Carrey assuring listeners that he will guide them through the transition while they rest back.
You’re turned in to Dawn FM
The middle of nowhere on your dial
So sit back and unpack
You may be here awhile
Now that all future plans have been postponed
And it’s time to look back on the things you thought you owned
Do you remember them well?
Were you high or just stoned?
Dawn FM is a work about limitless liberties, narrated by Jim Carrey as a benign, between-worlds radio presenter. On the Lil Wayne-assisted “I Heard You’re Married,” The Weeknd drifts through a bizarre plane of existence like some Casanova Kevin Finnerty, ending up with someone else’s wife.
But, unlike his in-limbo Sopranos alter-ego, the man born Abel Tesfaye is joyful about impermanence: “Said you wanted your boyfriend jealous with a couple pics/And you didn’t expect to fall for me once you get the dick,” he boasts on this electro-boogie two-step staple.
Take a look below to see how the fans have reacted to Jim Carrey’s feature in The Weeknd’s latest album. You can stream Dawn FM below.
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