Per the official press release –
Following a whirlwind sold-out North American tour and television appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Years & Years have released their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed second album ‘Palo Santo‘ today. Alongside its release, comes their short film of the same name, starring Olly Alexander, Dame Judi Dench, Ben Wishaw, cult Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm and directed by Fred Rowson. Watch HERE.
‘Palo Santo’ was created from the imagination of singer Olly Alexander, where he could be his “freest self, not tied to a gender or sexuality.” In this thrilling parallel universe, light years from here, Palo Santohas steadily been revealed to the world in a series of videos, narratives on and offline, finally climaxing in every sense of the word by way of their recently revealed live show, and newly released short film and album, out today.
‘Palo Santo’ (the film) digs deeper into the unique world of their second album. Taking its name from a sacred wood, but in this densely woven fictional backstory, Palo Santo has become a city on a distant planet; one where human beings are a rare commodity, worshipped and idolized by an android society. Olly, along with the final humans, is recruited to perform in a series of bizarre erotic cabarets, for an artificial master known only as The Showman.
The confidence that propels the full-blooded fantasia of Palo Santo connects to where we are as a country, as a world, at a stark moral cross roads, between left and right, old and young, hypocrisy and truth, right and wrong. It is about pop music taking the reigns, steering us out of the terrestrial universe and rethinking everything from the outside. It’s about outlier pop as futurism, once more, about offering solutions when the world is failing you. ‘Palo Santo’ is a new frontier in every sense of the word. ‘I thought, why not aim as high as possible? You only get one life and one chance. Now it’s here and finished, I can’t believe we’re actually doing it.’ Says front-man Olly Alexander. Ultimately, it is driven by a deeply personal and only occasionally otherworldly life force. ‘Now I’m not afraid of what people think of me,’ he continues. ‘That’s a new feeling for me.’
‘Palo Santo’ the album features their official single ‘If You’re Over Me,’ which has now entered the Top 10 single charts in their native UK and continues to gain traction on U.S radio this summer. The album also includes fan favorites such as ‘Sanctify,‘ ‘All For You‘ and the recently released album namesake track ‘Palo Santo‘.
‘Palo Santo’ confirms Years & Years’ ascension to the world stage. At the core of it all is Olly Alexander,a once-in-a-generation front-man who understands more than most his responsibility as a pop star. His personal leap forward in scope and ambition is reflected in the album’s colorful mix of collaborators, which range from Kid Harpoon, Greg Kurstin, Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter to Steve Mac, Jessie Shatkin and Sarah Hudson. On ‘Palo Santo’, Years & Years’ impact on pop feels truly tribal, one in which the minority is always the majority, and everyone is welcome.
Last month, the band completed three sold-out North American tour dates in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as making an appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers[WATCH HERE]. The British trio plan to return to North America, in continued support of their brilliant new album, later this year.
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