Years & Years Claim U.K. No. 1 Album With ‘Night Call’
Years & Years has scored No. 1 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart with latest effort, Night Call (Polydor).
The 11-track dance record was released this month on January 21, and features the singles "Starstruck", "Sweet Talker" (with Galantis) and more future-favorites from English pop star, Olly Alexander.
Night Call is Alexander's second album to peak on the chart, following 2015's Communion, and his first since becoming a solo artist.
This is a fairground ride of a record about embracing submission, and twisting power play to reclaim your strength. The clues, for Alexander, are all there in the album's iconic artwork, featuring a mermaid of a muse. "I wanted to identify with this beautiful creature luring men to their death; searching for a love, or a lover, that's out of reach" Olly says. "A lot of the songs are patchworks inspired by random memories and hook-ups, or men that I've met."
Written over the course of six months, Night Call sees Alexander use 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, embodying the new perspective of a character – like Ritchie in 'It's A Sin' - also deeply influenced his songwriting in its wider exploration of queer life. Night Call blurs the boundaries between hedonistic fantasy and locked down reality precisely because, says Alexander, "I was stuck in the same four walls. I wanted to have as much pleasure as possible in the music."
A thrilling new chapter for Years & Years, Night Call also casts Alexander's trailblazing influence on modern pop in a bold new light. 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.
Over the festive period, he hosted 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 his record-breaking, award-winning U.K. show, "It's A Sin".
Listen/stream Years & Years now here.
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