NEW ALBUM: YEARS & YEARS | NIGHT CALL (DELUXE)
It’s been a wild year for Olly Alexander. January saw the 31-year-old appear in Channel 4’s gripping drama about the Aids crisis, It’s A Sin, and transcend his pop star status to become a household name. Then in March, he announced he had parted ways with his Years & Years bandmates Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen but would continue as a solo project. And now, he has released his first album as a bona fide solo artist – a personal collection of songs that are a definite departure from his previous work. They were a trio when Years & Years released their last album, "Palo Santo," nearly four years ago. The group went through various changes in the subsequent years, resulting in a new version of Years & Years for the third album, "Night Call," which seeps in an undeniable influence from artists like Elton John and Kylie Minogue helps to simulate a throwback feel. In fact, on the deluxe version of the record, there’s a remix of “Starstruck” with Minogue as well as “A Second To Midnight,” both released last year. Other highlights include the sexually charged deluxe track “Muscle” and the glistening “Make It Out Alive,” where Alexander wonders if he’ll ever be the same after the end of a relationship. “I just wish I dared to see the truth,” he sings, channelling his uncertainty through another dance-pop beat. This is an album built to be played on dance floors at gay bars. It’s freeing, balanced and an impressive step forward for Alexander’s solo career.