Watch the video for Years & Years’ new single “Sanctify.”
It’s been nearly three years since Years & Years topped the UK charts with their debut album Communion. The album served up viral singles like “King” and “Desire” and took the synth-pop trio all over the globe with sold out tours and packed festival crowds. Since then, the group has remained rather mum about new music, only offering up on their Twitter bio that they were working on the “difficult second album.” The group resurfaced in 2016 only to release “Meteorite” from the Bridget Jones’s Baby OSM, which further fueled speculation the London-based group were working tirelessly in the studio.
** BREAKING NEWS…** A new human has been found in Palo Santo… !! pic.twitter.com/2PK2Ljb6Lj
— Years & Years (@yearsandyears) March 6, 2018
Over the last few days, the group has started to send “transmissions” via social media from the Palo Santo Entertainment Network (“PSEN”). As Olly Alexander explains, PSEN is an imaginary utopia created to develop the vision and landscape that encapsulate the second album. Now, after what feels like a million years of waiting, the group returns with the first chapter of their sophomore effort: SANCTIFY. The track has a thumping melody with slicing lyrics, and is an amazing transition for the group’s conceptual second album.
While debuting the leading single on BBC’s Radio 1, Olly explained the track is about his sexual encounters with straight men. In addition to the single, the group has also released an accompanying visual which shows the singer performing a ritualistic dance for a panel of PSEN androids. Watch the video and look out for more from Years & Years very soon.