He Is Coming: Zayn Malik Teases New Music
Zayn Malik is gearing up for a pop takeover in 2018, and new music may be on the way far sooner than expected. The 25-year-old has taken to posting poems and potential song lyrics on social media recently, and today (February 20) he shared several recordings of a song he is working on. The audio strips back the production to give a taste of the direction the former One Directioner is currently exploring. On them, his voice rises over a sparse piano melody. “She wants somebody to love her. To hold her. She wants somebody to love her in the right way,” he sings in a sweet falsetto. Two final videos include footage of him at the piano and provide another glimpse at his creative process.
This is the first taste of new music since Zayn unleashed the Sia-assisted “Dusk Till Dawn” in September. Buoyed by a dramatic video and a compelling production, the track soared into the upper half of the Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 10 hit in the UK and across most of Europe. However, another buzz track or confirmation of a lead single would be welcome. It is coming up on two years since the release of his debut solo album, Mind of Mine, and his currently untitled sophomore LP is one of the most anticipated of 2018.
Last year, the “Pillowtalk” crooner opened up about the process behind recording his new album in a series of interviews. In the pages of VMAN he explained that the sonic direction would be a continuation of his debut LP, but that his writing skills have markedly improved over the last two years. He also revealed that he had reunited with Malay who works extensively with Frank Ocean. A chat with Fader alluded to a release date in the final months of 2017, and Zayn also teased plans to tour with the new release. Finally, in Billboard he explained the delay and promised to be nearing completion. “I think I’m like 90 percent of the way there,” he said around the release of “Dusk Till Dawn.” It is possible that the snippets we are hearing is the first taste of a new single, but we will have to wait and see. Check out the teasers below!