Zayn’s New Direction: A Look Back at the Singer’s Road to Going Solo
Malik teased the release earlier in the day with the message, “So who's staying up with me tonight for this single and video?” No doubt, many One Directioners and Malik followers did.
Since embarking on his solo route last year, Malik has distanced himself from the pop sounds of 1D. “I genuinely enjoyed [the band] and did whatever I could to be myself within that, but it’s just not where I sit as a musician,” he recently told Billboard. “The other boys’ taste was generally indie rock. It’s good music, but I don’t f--- with it. That was never cool where I was from.”
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He went deep into the song's context for an interview with the Sunday Times. It's all about sex. "Everybody has sex, and it’s something people wanna hear about. It’s part of everybody’s life, a very big part of life," he told the British title.
If "Pillowtalk" is anything to go by, Malik has left bubblegum pop behind. From here on, it's slick R&B. "A place that is so pure, so dirty and raw/Be in the bed all day, bed all day, bed all day/F---ing you, and fighting on," he sings.
"Pillowtalk" is available to buy on iTunes and its video, directed by award-winning filmmaker Bouha Kazmi, can be seen below.