“Humans have become a rare commodity…”
Years & Years have confirmed details of their highly anticipated second album “Palo Santo,” to be released on July 6th via Interscope Records in North America. The band’s first official single from “Palo Santo” will be revealed very soon. In the meantime, the album announcement comes with the first official trailer for the band’s short film (of the same name), featuring Years & Years front-man Olly Alexander, as well as the legendary Academy Award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench.
A band intuitively connected to great, homespun British pop classicism, “Palo Santo” is Years & Years’ ascension to the world stage. At the core 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.
Having teased fans for months, the bold concept behind Years & Years’ second album is further explored in the upcoming short film directed by Fred Rowson and starring Olly Alexander, Dame Judi Dench and cult Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm amongst others. The record takes its name from a sacred wood but, in the densely woven fictional backstory of the music video and short film, Palo Santo has also become a city on a distant planet, on which 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 – a spectacle showcases in the official music video for the album’s single, “Sanctify”, viewable HERE.
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