Zayn Malik debuts first solo single
Zayn Malik broke quite a few teenage girls’ hearts when he announced he left One Direction last year. The young singer stated he wanted to live the life of a normal twenty-something guy. Later on he also admitted that the musical direction of his band didn’t feel like the right path for him anymore. After his departure he didn’t rest that long and started to record solo material. ‘Pillowtalk’ is the first single released from this project. It might not be as radically different from 1D’s sound as you would expect, but it is definitely a good start of his new career!
Zayn already made clear how he wanted to go down a more urban road musically and this is already hearable in ‘Pillowtalk’. The production has an R&B vibe although the soaring chorus is actually pure pop. Nothing wrong with that, as it makes ‘Pillowtalk’ sure fire hit material. Compared to One Direction, Zayn on his own sounds a bit more raw and the lyrics are more explicit. Overall I would say the sound is more mature and it suits his sensual vocal style. The only criticism I have got at this point is the music video. It tries to be edgy and it is in someway or another, but Zayn didn’t really try. He gets to kiss Gigi Hadad, one of the world’s most famous models of today, but it seems like he doesn’t give a flying fuck throughout the whole video. The world does though, as the iTunes performance is booming! He is already number 1 in many charts around the world, including the UK and US. Quite a good start there, Zayn!