Years & Years + Galantis
unveil video for new single ‘Sweet Talker’
Olly Alexander nominated for Best Actor at Critics Choice Awards
New album – ‘Night Call’ – released January 7th
Years & Years & Galantis have today released a video for brand new single ‘Sweet Talker’. Years & Years’ much-anticipated new album, ‘Night Call’, will see a release on Polydor Records on January 7th, also featuring the pulsating queer anthem ‘Crave’, ‘Starstruck’ and more. This continues a whirlwind period of activity for Years & Years: Olly will also host The Big New Years & Years Eve Party on BBC1 (with special guests and past collaborators Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys) as well as starring in a Christmas Day special of The Great British Bake Off alongside cast members from the record-breaking, award-winning Channel 4 show, It’s A Sin (for which Olly was just nominated for Best Actor at this year’s prestigious Critics Choice Awards).
The ‘Sweet Talker’ video is a surreal, playful twist on Olly Alexander’s latest anthem, transforming the ghosting behind the track into a modern, medieval fable. Director Sophia Ray comments that the ‘Sweet Talker’ video was “inspired by iconic fantasy films like ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Gretel & Hansel’: a sickly sweet but dark take on a fairytale, where superstar Olly Alexander finds himself trapped in an enchanted castle by a mysteriously sexy beast. The concept behind the video takes the Greek mythical tale of King Midas, and turns it on its head, where Olly finds a magic sword in his escape through this castle, that turns anyone he slays into candy. Olly had some amazing references and a real clear aesthetic style when it came to the brief for this video, full of whimsy, fashion and fantasy – it got me excited straight away to start coming up with ideas from his moodboards. Olly and I then developed the concept and creative for the video together to really bring it to its full fruition.”
From its iconic artwork to its floor-filling, rejuvenated sound, ‘Night Call’ is a thrilling new chapter for Years & Years. Throughout, Olly Alexander uses his platform to push the boundaries of mainstream superstardom, with a sound as inspired by pioneering figures like Sylvester as it is the club-ready world of French House. At the centre of it all 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.”
As Years & Years, Olly Alexander 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 played triumphant shows ranging from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to The O2. Along the way, 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.
Catch Years & Years on ‘The Night Call Tour’ in 2022, with dates below including a London show at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on May 26th.
THE NIGHT CALL TOUR’ DATES
19.05.2022 || Brighton || Brighton Centre
20.05.2022 || Bournemouth || Bournemouth International Centre
21.05.2022 || Birmingham || Birmingham Resorts World Arena
23.05.2022 || Nottingham || Motorpoint Arena
26.05.2022 || London || The SSE Arena, Wembley
28.05.2022 || Manchester || AO Arena Manchester
24.06.2022 || Dublin || The National Museum of Ireland
25.06.2022 || Glasgow || Colourboxx, Bellahouston Park
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