Years and Years
British electronic trio Years and Years are reviving 90s house one great track at a time. Coming of the heels of their last single, “King,” Y&Y announced their forthcoming album titled “Communion” and also shared their latest cut dubbed “Worship.”
“Worship” finds Olly once again crooning about love, melding together religious themes and romantic desires. Of course, it’s all backed by an infectious beat with soaring synths and poppy production.
Stream the jam below.
“I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.”
Admittedly, Years & Years was one of the first BBC Sound of… winners in recent memory I hadn’t heard of before their triumph. I hold the yearly finalists to a high standard as most go on to international fame, but I groaned a bit upon finding the London trio claimed ’90s house as an influence. Nothing wrong with the genre; I just feel like every British band and their mothers are claiming some house influence in the wake of Disclosure. Last year’s “Real” is an absolute gem in its own right though, the highlight being singer Olly Alexander’s commanding lead into an eerily woozy club anthem about surrendered love.
“King” seems to tread a similar lyrical territory, but Years & Years have taken the last year to catalyze into a full blown pop act. Alexander thrives in the song’s arena-ready chorus while the band seems to have studied Foster the People and Bombay Bicycle Club‘s handbooks to successfully quirky indie pop. “King” will officially be out March 1st, but this very, ahem, hands-on video should tide you over until then.
Leading up to the release of their album called Desire on November 23rd, Years and Years released another beautiful single today called “Memo.” I’ll go on record saying I was going through a pretty heavy hip-hop streak this morning until I stumbled across this beauty in my SoundCloud stream. Falsetto crooning over a simple piano pattern was a pretty stark change from the heavy hitting beats and inappropriate lyrics I was listening to, but it’s Friday, so anything goes. Well, now that I’ve listened to this song multiple times on repeat, I figure it’s worth sharing with the masses. Hit the jump for the song lyrics.