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 ‘music you can dance and cry to’. 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.

Following the notoriety reached with ‘Communion’, the band had the chance to grow and discover new musical facets’ culminating in the release of their latest work, ‘Palo Santo’. In the same way a burnt stick of wood cleans the space from spirits, Olly sees music as a purifier.

On the new album, Years and Years blossom from their previous thematic forging a record that discovers lust, pride and self-love. With the help of collaborators like Greg Kurstin, Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, Palo Santo debuted in the top three of the UK Album chart. On standout cuts DNA, Karma and future single If You’re Over Me, Years and Years have crafted their own special landmarks that feel intuitively connected to great British pop classicism while standing bolt upright on a world stage next to Drake, The Weeknd and Rihanna. On Hallelujah and Rendez Vous they make expedient work of taking it directly under the mirrorball for a Saturday night rave.

The opening song, ‘Sanctify’, trending as #1 on YouTube after the first 24 hours from the release, is particularly linked to Olly and the experiences he had with men that have the desires to embrace other sexualities whilst the rest of the album explores a music journey through 90’s R&B girl groups vibes where pain turns into self-confidence.

The ‘Palo Santo Tour’, in support of the album, has started from North America this October and will continue until February 2019 on a worldwide scale making a stop at The O2 Arena (London) on the 5th of December.

 

Olly Alexander Covers Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time for BBC Radio 2

Years & Years frontman Olly gives a stripped back emotional live performance of Cyndi Lauper’s beautiful 80s track ‘Time After Time’ at the Elton John Piano on the Radio 2 Ken Bruce show. The man and his voice and his choice make a dramatic impact on the Radio 2 Piano Room!