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Years & Years Perform Futuristic Cabaret In "If You're Over Me" Video

The last music video for synth-pop trio Years & Years introduced us to an imaginary society where androids control the world and humans exist for the purpose of entertaining the androids.

The pop group returns to that dystopian world for the second video, “If You’re Over Me,” from their upcoming album Palo Santo.

The music video begins by explaining the role that humans in this futuristic society play. “The human cabarets of Palo Santo are attended by androids, all hoping to experience real emotion,” reads the text. “Human performers can find themselves dancing the same routines for weeks … months … years …”

In a glittering, sci-fi cabaret, out frontman Olly Alexander presents a choreographed, sexy three-way number while fellow band members Emre Turkmen and Mikey Goldsworthy present a magic trick. The talent show is meant to help the androids attempt to experience real emotion.

The song itself is an bouncy, electro-pop jam about getting straight with an ex-lover. “This is a song about trying to stay friends with an ex,” Alexander told NME. “Spoiler alert -- it doesn’t often work. In fact, in my experience, the relationship often ends up ruined.”

 “Yesterday you said I’m the one, but now you say you’re done,” Alexander sings. “Stop telling me what I need baby, if you’re over me.”

Watch "If You're Over Me" below. You can check out the new album Palo Santo (due out July 6) at most digital download sites.

 

 

Years And Years' Frontman Explains His Perfect Dating Situation

British band Years and Years had an exciting debut two years ago with their first album, titled Communion, that sold over a million copies worldwide.

Now, frontman Olly Alexander and his band are gearing up for the release of their new album, Palo Santo, in July. To prepare for that, Alexander has been doing some interviews.

One recent interview he did was with BBC and during it the singer-songwriter opened up about his dream relationship and his thoughts on the gay community.

“What I think would suit me was if I was in a thruple and the other two guys lived in a house nearby.”

“I could visit them every now and then and they’d cook me dinner, and then I could just go home and watch TV by myself.”

Of course, the singer knows that this kind of relationship setup, while possible, is mostly just a pipe dream. That said, he’s still hoping for something better than the relationship he had with a straight man that inspired his song, “Sanctify.”

Also, the singer opened up about his thoughts on the gay community and the club scene.

“I think a lot about how clubs are almost like queer churches. You go and congregate and you dance. That’s always been a sacred experience for me, although it’s been both positive and negative.”

If you’re excited to hear the new album by Years and Years, you don’t have to wait too long. Palo Santo will be coming out on July 6.

h/t: GayStarNews

Years & Years Releases New Single Tackling What Its Like To Date A Straight Guy

Last month, we shared with you the news that British band Years & Years was coming back with a new album.

With a hit debut album, it’s a wonder how the band will tackle coming back and what issues they’ll address in their music. But, their first single about coming out and not letting others define you gave us a good idea.

And now, their newest song about dating a straight man and the “blessing” of being gay tells us this album will have great commentary on gay life.

In this second album, openly gay frontman, singer, and songwriter Olly Alexander is sharing more of his world perspective (with the musical help of his bandmates Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen).

While talking about the new album, Alexander shares that he really wants to get the point across that being gay is a blessing.

“I feel like being gay is a blessing. I wanted that to come through.”

In order to help deliver that message, Olly Alexander has released the latest single titled “Sancrify.” While the music video shows a world where robots have taken over, Alexander says the real meaning behind the song is the topic of dating a straight boy.

 

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As he told Apple Music’s Beats 1:

“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.” He also added, “It spoke a bit to my own coming out journey as a gay guy.”

“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.”

Want to hear the song and check out the video for yourself? You can by watching the Youtube video down below.

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