Years & Years are back!
The synthpop English band released their new single “Sanctify” on digital platforms worldwide last night (right after a quick ‘first listen’ premiere on BBC Radio 1 in the UK). The song is the first single from the Olly Alexander-led band’s forthcoming, much-anticipated second studio album, which will be released later in 2018 via Polydor/Interscope Records and will be serve as the follow-up to Years & Years’ 2015 debut album “Communion”. 3 years and no new album? That needed to end immediately!
On the idea behind the song, Olly said: “I’ve had a couple of, let’s say, ‘encounters’ with guys who identify as straight but what has happened between us has been somewhat less than straight, so I wanted to write a song about that particular experience – so that’s what inspired the song’s lyrics.”
I’m just fascinated by Olly’s straightforward answer! Good for him. And congratulations are truly in order; “Sanctify” is just a brilliant song. That chorus is definition of epic.
The music video for “Sanctify” premiered on VEVO last night at the same time as the single release (see below).
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The slave to an android society? Oh wow!
Olly elaborated on the music video’s concept:
“I want to take people on a wild and wonderful adventure through my dreams to a world that’s very different from our own,” says Olly. “I’ve been thinking about this place for a long time, a place to tell stories from; about identity, sexuality, celebrity and performance."
“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. 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.’"
“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.”
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