WORTH A LOOK?: ****
OUT: 8 April 2021
Starstruck is the 1st single to be taken from the 3rd album by Years & Years and the first where the band is officially the solo project of Olly Alexander who starred with great effect in Channel 4’s drama It’s A Sin earlier this year.
- Read on for reasons including how to see fellow It’s A Sin star Omari Douglas in the West End this summer
Interviewed after filming the triumph that was It’s A Sin Alexander said: ‘I think it’s going to be very hard to top this experience, everybody in front of the camera and behind were amazing. I do want to play someone with magic powers so I’m definitely open to playing a sexy gay witch.’
And we couldn’t help but wonder what this meant for his chart topping band who we last saw in 2018 with MNEK at Camden Roundhouse and said: ‘There are backdrop films featuring Judi Dench voiceovers, more screens than you can shake a feather boa at and at one point Alexander hurtles towards the Roundhouse roof on a podium hidden underneath a giant cape he is wearing.’
2nd album Palo Santo had been a struggle and we described it on its 2018 release as ‘more like frontman Olly Alexander’s debut solo album’ and, although it took a while for bandmates Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen to leave the limelight, their departures were perhaps not surprising.
Alexander had been hinting in interviews for It’s A Sin that the show had influenced new music and that he was looking to do something more uptempo and he describes Starstruck as ‘about the rush you get when you’re with somebody you’re really into, it’s about holding onto a good feeling and not letting it go. Like most of us I’ve spent the past year at home, and I wanted to create something super positive and fun for people (and myself) to bop along to.’
We’ve lived it for a couple of weeks after its release and its dance floor allure remains strong at a time when the lure of a crowded dance floor that’s been out of bounds for so long shines like a beacon.
The stripped-back cover of Pet Shop Boys’ It’s A Sin was a great precursor for this single and it bodes well for that 3rd album we hope is both similarly uptempo and super imminent.
It can’t be long either before Alexander’s next acting project and we’re hoping it’s as mouthwatering as that of his It’s A Sin co-star Omari Douglas who appears opposite Russell Tovey in Constellations. Tickets