Zayn Malik goes method in the video for “Dusk Till Dawn,” a big screen-worthy cop drama directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer) that dropped on Thursday morning (Sept. 7). In the slick five-minute clip Zayn plays a mysterious loner tracking the movements of his equally inscrutable conspirator, raven-haired actress Jemima Kirke (Girls). The moody track, the first single from Malik’s upcoming second album, was co-written by the singer along with Sia and Greg Kurstin, who produced the song. The pre-chorus and chorus intertwine Sia and Zayn’s vocals in a sensual vocal dance, in which they sing “Light it up/ On the run/ Let’s make love tonight.”
Sporting his freshly shorn bald look and wearing a sharp grey suit, Zayn follows Kirke’s character through a crowded Chinatown street scene, keeping an eye on her black briefcase until a group of cops confront him as the song’s soaring chorus kicks in. Following a dressing down from an officer, Zayn is released, only to peel out in his Jaguar with the cops in hot pursuit as he sings “I’ll be with you from dusk till dawn/ Baby I’m right here,” in his keening falsetto.
No release date has been announced yet for Zayn’s second album, the follow-up to his 2016 solo debut, Mind of Mine, which spawned the hits “Pillowtalk” and “Like I Would.”
Watch the intense video below: