The queer band Years & Years have released ‘Sanctify’, the first track to be taken from their highly anticipated second album.
Years & Years are a British synthpop band, founded in London. The band consists of cute twink Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen. Years & Years’ music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and 1990s house elements. The band’s debut studio album, Communion, debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart in July 2015 and was the fastest-selling debut album of the year from a UK signed band.
The new video “ Sancrify” takes place in Palo Santo, an imaginary society of androids who capture humans for the purpose of entertainment.
“I wanted to write a song that was kind of inspired from some experiences I’ve had with guys who identify straight but I’ve had something a bit more than just a friendship with them,” frontman Olly Alexander explained to Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1. He added that “It spoke a bit to my own coming out journey as a gay guy.”
“Sanctify” is about Alexander’s experience hooking up with a straight man. At a certain point in this relationship, Alexander explains, things became chaotic. “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,” he says. “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.”
He also said the track is a celebration of being part of the LGBTQ community: “I feel like being gay is a blessing. I wanted that to come through in the song.”
Watch the video below:
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