Album: After Hours
Producers: The Weeknd, Illangelo, DaHeala

On "Snowchild," The Weeknd’s approach to storytelling is honest and autobiographical. To open the track he talks about resorting to self-harm if his career didn’t pan out (“If I didn't make it, then I'd probably make my wrist bleed”). In contrast to the bouncier tracks that we hear throughout the album, that were more explicitly inspired by the '80s, "Snowchild" mirrors the tone of The Weeknd’s earlier work. The video takes on a similar tone: we see an animated version of present-day Weeknd encountering past versions of himself. In such a character-driven era, where the facade requires him to have a bloody nose and a crimson suit on at all times, the openness is striking. —Sumiko Wilson