Echoes of Silence is the third mixtape by Canadian recording artist The Weeknd, released December 21, 2011. This release followed his Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut release House of Balloons and his second mixtape Thursday, both released earlier the same year. The project is the final installment in the trilogy of albums released by The Weeknd in 2011. The album was preceded by the release of the single, "Initiation". Long-time collaborator Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese returned to produce the bulk of the project, with other production contributions coming from Clams Casino and DropxLife of the XO crew. Rapper Juicy J contributes a short spoken-word interlude at the end of "Same Old Song".