Zayn teams up with Sia and Jemima Kirke for ‘Dusk Till Dawn’
Now that Zayn’s former One Direction band mates are all releasing their own solo material, it was time for him to step up his game. After the success of his debut record Mind of Mine and lead single ‘Pillowtalk’, the follow up track ‘Still Got Time’, although being incredibly catchy, did not make much of an impact charts wise. Zayn and his team want to make sure this does not happen again as he teams up with Australian hit machine Sia on ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ and casually drops an action packed music video for the track.
Last time Zayn collaborated with a big pop girl (duet ‘I Don’t Want To Live Forever’ with Taylor Swift for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack) it resulted in a big hit and I think he might be heading in the same direction this time with Sia. The verses of ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ are quite minimal, focusing on his sultry vocals over some quiet beats and a piano. In the bridges Sia joins in resulting in a bombastic but oh so catchy chorus that probably sounds more like a Sia record than typical Zayn. Although Sia’s vocals seem a bit too dominant in these parts of the track, the contrast between the verses and the chorus works surprisingly well. Zayn sounds better than ever vocally and ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ for sure delivers one of the best hooks in his career so far.
Zayn managed to get popular Hollywood director Marc Webb to help him out with the music video, which marks the first time the singer goes all out with his visuals. In the video Zayn is caught, let go and then chased in a car by a gang while his love interest, played by Jemina Kirke from Girls, is on the run with a suitcase. Although Zayn’s acting for sure could have been more convincing he does look like an action hero and this is like a proper action movie in five minutes!
‘Dusk Till Dawn’ could easily be the third big hit of Zayn’s solo career. The only downfall might be the serious overexposure the general public recently had when it comes to Sia, who seems to be releasing new music almost every week, but to be fair this is one of the best songs she has put her name to recently as well. I can’t imagine radio not hammering this into peoples brains and I ain’t complaining this time!