Years & Years
With their luminous brand of electro-pop, London-based trio Years & Years layer sweetly smooth vocals over bright and heady beats to create what they call â€œmusic you can dance and cry to.â€ As winners of the BBC Sound of 2015 Poll, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen, and vocalist Olly Alexander have spent the last few years charming audiences worldwide by merging R&B, deep house, and classic-pop with both elegance and abandon.
Communion features recent single â€˜Kingâ€™ â€” a gorgeously synth-washed track that reveals the raw yet lovely emotional power of the bandâ€™s gracefully crafted sound, and recently reached #1 in on the UK singles chart. To achieve that sound, Years & Years self-producedCommunion with the help of collaborators like Mark Ralph (the producer/engineer behind Hot Chip and Hot Natured), matching an inventiveness inspired by such artists as Flying Lotus and Radiohead with a daringly confessional lyrical sensibility.
On the album, Years & Years shape their soulful ingenuity into songs that never hold back from looking at the darker and thornier sides of love. On the album-opener â€˜Foundationâ€™, a stark yet crystalline soundscape builds the perfect backdrop for Alexanderâ€™s hauntingly delivered lyrics (â€œAll the things I want/I really shouldnâ€™t getâ€). â€˜Desireâ€™ unfolds as an epic and giddy dance anthem that slyly flips the script at the chorus (â€œI want desire/Because your love only gets me abusedâ€). The somber strings and delicate piano work of â€˜Eyes Shutâ€™ gently conveys the pain of a slowly breaking heart, while the urgent beats and chilling piano of â€˜Tiesâ€™ brilliantly echo the frenzy of emotional unraveling (â€œItâ€™s so beautiful to see you lie/Are you having fun?â€). And on â€˜Memoâ€™, Communion closes out with a falsetto-laced slow jam featuring crushing lyrics like â€œIâ€™m gonna take your heart/Love you in the dark/No one has to see.â€
Fresh off a series of sold-out tours all across the globe, including selling out two nights at Londonâ€™s Heaven in March and two nights already sold-out at the prestigious London Shepherdâ€™s Bush Empire this summer, Years & Years are fast gaining recognition for a high-energy live show that adds another dimension of heart and intensity to each song. â€œI grew up on people like Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell, but in the past few years Iâ€™ve become really passionate about electronic music and how thereâ€™s no limits to what you can create with it,â€ says Alexander. â€œYou can push the sound in this crazy way, and still keep it as real and honest and emotional as any other music out there.â€
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