NEW ALBUM, ‘NIGHT CALL’ CONFIRMED FOR RELEASE JANUARY 7- PRE-ORDER
“SWEET TALKER” (WITH GALANTIS)
Showing no signs of taking his fearless foot off the pedal, Olly Alexander aka Years & Years returns today with “Sweet Talker” a brand new collaboration with Galantis, taken from the forthcoming new album ‘Night Call,’ set for release January 7th via Interscope Records.
For new single “Sweet Talker,” Olly teams up with dance music giants Galantis in an ode to all the verbal virtuosos out there texting sweet nothings and promising the world, but seeing none of it through. Ghosting is part of modern romance but Olly won’t settle for it so decided to reclaim the narrative of his own encounters and relationships gone sour. Setting a new standard for songwriting in dance music since 2009, Galantis is a collaborative project led by Christian Karlsson aka Bloodshy (Little Mix, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears).
The new track follows hot on the heels of news that Years & Years’ third album ‘Night Call’ will be released January 7th. “Sweet Talker” serves as the follow up to “Crave,” released earlier this year alongside an incredible video featuring Olly and castmates from his Award-winning HBO Max drama ‘It’s A Sin’ (Omari Douglas, Nathaniel Hall, David Carlisle) plus the likes of Munroe Bergdorf. With its release, “Crave” received praise from the likes of Billboard, who said “[Crave] pulses with a French house-style beat and shimmering synths as he turns the sex appeal all the way up to 11,” and E! Online who hailed the track for taking listeners “into a fantasy world with a dance floor,” with Vulture lauding the track as a “sensual yearning-on-the-dance-floor slow-burner.”
“Crave” – says Olly – “is a playful way of inhabiting the deranged sexual energy I’ve always wanted. In the past I felt like I’ve been dominated by toxic relationships, and I felt like it would be fun to turn it on its head.” Consider this a risqué cut of kinked-up, club-ready pop, and Olly Alexander using his platform to push the boundaries of mainstream superstardom.
Listen to “Crave” HERE and check out the music video HERE.
From its iconic artwork to its euphoric, rejuvenated sound, ‘Night Call’ is a thrilling new chapter for Years & Years. Inspired as much by pioneering figures like Sylvester as it is French House, at the center of the record is that mermaid of a muse: a beautiful icon luring men to their death, on an album partly about those searching for love (or a lover) but ultimately finding power in themselves Embodying the new perspective of a character – like Ritchie in ‘It’s A Sin’ – also deeply influenced Olly’s songwriting, with songs that blur the line between fantasy and reality but are bound together by their explorations of queer life. Hedonistic and escapist, ‘Night Call’ captures that joy and anticipation of going out precisely because, says Olly, “I was writing from a fantastical space, stuck in the same four walls. I wanted to have as much pleasure as possible in the music.”
In what was already a jam-packed year, 2021 has seen Olly Alexander’s superstar-status grace new heights. He began the year with a leading role in the critically acclaimed HBO Max drama ‘It’s A Sin’, which brought the fight against HIV/Aids back into the public conversation like never before. This past spring, Olly turned out a show-stopping performance of “It’s a sin” alongside the legendary, Elton John at the BRIT Awards (WATCH). The duet also features on Elton John’s No. 1 UK album, ‘The Lockdown Sessions’. Continuing a phenomenal year for Olly, which also saw the release of his single “Starstruck,” which became an instant Years & Yearsclassic and Olly’s first new music since 2018’s much-loved second album, ‘Palo Santo,’ Olly was later joined by Kylie Minogue on a special remix of “Starstruck.” Listen HERE. You can also hear Olly on a dazzling reimagined version of Lady Gaga’s “The Edge Of Glory,” part of her ‘Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary’ album (LISTEN), released this past summer. This Fall, Olly again teamed up with Kylie on the joyous “Second To Midnight,” the lead single from Minogue’s ‘Disco: Guest List Edition’ (also featured on the deluxe version of ‘Night Call’). Watch the official music video HERE.
As Years & Years, Olly has become one of the world’s most trailblazing modern pop stars. Across two hugely successful albums to date, the singer, actor, fashion icon, and cultural vanguard has earned 5 Brit Award nominations, surpassed 4.4 billion global streams, and sold out numerous global tours. Olly has also become a fearless, once-in-a-generation voice on important discussions around mental health, and issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community – all of which, in its own way, has taken him to ‘Night Call’, and the most essential Years & Years album to date.