Years & Years has today released brand new track, ‘Sooner or Later’ – the final preview of hugely-anticipated new album ‘Night Call’, which will see a release on Polydor Records on January 21st. Featuring the singles ‘Starstruck’, ‘Sweet Talker’ (with Galantis) and more future-favourites from Olly Alexander, ‘The Night Call Tour’ is also on sale now and includes a homecoming date at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley on May 26th.
‘Sooner or Later’ channels the rage felt towards men who mess you around into anthemic, hedonistic pop. It harbours the Years & Years hallmark of lamenting past lovers, but there’s a newfound bite to the way control spins back to Olly in the lyrics (“You’ll be the death of me…I’m gonna break you”).
2022 looks set continue a whirlwind period of activity for Olly Alexander. Over the festive period alone, Olly 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 Channel 4 show, It’s A Sin. All of which sets the stage for ‘Night Call’, and the most essential Years & Years album to date…
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 depicted on the album’s artwork: 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. ‘Night Call’ captures that 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 become a fearless, once-in-a-generation voice on important issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, telling their stories in a mainstream space. Subversive, escapist and ultimately feel-good, ‘Night Call’ kickstarts the new year with a bang on January 21st.
‘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