Years & Years are back!
It’s been three years since Years & Years released their debut album ‘Communion’, which reached number 1 on the albums chart. Since then, the band has sold over 1.5 million records, lead singer Olly Alexander has fronted his own BBC Three documentary and has even been nominated for a British LGBT Award.
The boys are back with the first taster of their second album with new track ‘Sanctify’. The track is about Olly’s experiences whilst dating “straight” men. Speaking to NYLON about the song, he said:
There’s so much that goes on in an experience like that. On the one hand, the guy is struggling with his sexuality and feeling unable to express himself as anything other than straight while also desiring me.
I’m on the other side feeling like both a sinner and saint or a devil and angel, leading this guy down a path of ‘sinfulness’ while, at the same time, helping him explore his sexuality.
‘Sanctify’ is a bold leap forward in sound and vision from Years & Years. The track is produced by Kid Harpoon, who has worked previously with the band as well as Mabel and Florence + The Machine. Whilst news of the second album are scarce, we’re told we’ll be finding out more details of the upcoming release quite soon.
Speaking about the second album, and perhaps giving us a few little clues as to the other-worldly themes of the album, Olly explains:
I want to take people on a wild and wonderful adventure through my dreams to a world that’s very different from our own. I’ve been thinking about this place for a long time, a place to tell stories from; about identity, sexuality, celebrity and performance. The thing I love most about pop music has always been fantasy and escapism so I thought, ‘well I guess I should try and be the pop star I want to see in the world and make the most ambitious and freaky and sexy thing possible’.
Set in a futuristic dystopian city, the Fred Rowson-directed music video is the first part of a continuation series, and sees a world of humans and androids. Speaking of the video, Olly says:
The video for ‘Sanctify’ centres around an audition against the backdrop of a future metropolis called Palo Santo. It’s the first part of a bigger jigsaw puzzle and my hope is that it confuses the hell out of people but also excites them in a mysterious and sensual way. We’ve deliberately hidden lots of different meanings and I want people to come up with their own interpretations, I’m asking people to jump down the rabbit hole with me and let their imagination run free.
I’m making these videos because I want to let people inside my brain and because I love living in my own fantasy world (always have, always will) – a place where sexuality and gender are blurred and magic is real. We live in a chaotic and accelerating world, we’re looking at depictions of the future to help us make sense of what’s happening right now. This is my vision of a possible future, one that makes us question what it means to be a human.
Take a watch of the music video below.