If you’ve been waiting years and years to hear new tunes from Olly Alexander the wait is officially finished. Filmed at the Hotel Cafe Royal just outside of London’s famed Piccadilly Circus, the fizzy pop monitor’s music movie highlights Alexander’s acting chops as he portrays two quite different versions of himself pursuing one another throughout the luxurious establishment.
In a YouTube afterparty after its release, Alexander disclosed that the visual was filmed just a week prior. “It was very, very quick,” he said. “It’s one of those videos I never expected is like that. It was not like how I initially planned it, but I am so pleased with how it turned out.”Talking about the effervescent single, Alexander explained in a statement that it is about”the rush you get when you’re with someone you are really into, it’s all about holding on a fantastic sense and not letting it go.”
He continued: “Like most of us, I have spent the past year in the home, and I wanted to create something super positive and enjoyable for individuals (and myself) to bop along to. Whatever we are doing or wherever we are in life, I think most of us deserve three moments of interstellar ecstasy.” It’s that cosmic sentimentality that motivated Alexander to create a TikTok challenge around the song, too, requesting fans to demonstrate their”finest post-lockdown glow up that is leaving everyone starstruck because you look so fine.”
He posted his own take on the tendency last month, and because then fans have quickly taken on the challenge to flaunt their particular creative appearances too. The release of”Starstruck” includes a month after Years & Years published a statement online that members Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen are departing in the group. “This upcoming new album has been an Olly endeavor and we’ve decided that Years & Years will probably continue as an Olly solo job,” it read.
Olly went deeper into the decision to go solo at an interview with Capital FM last week. “Me, Mikey, and Emre fulfilled like 10 years back and we’ve been in this group for a long time and in that time we’ve kind of grown apart musically,” he explained. “It was a fair thing. We didn’t fall out. It’s certainly different, but I’m really excited as well to do my thing this moment.”