Ahead of releasing their second album ‘Palo Santo’ on 6 July, Years & Years have shared another new track.
After the band revealed the full track-listing for the album last month, new sneak preview ‘If You’re Over Me’ is another clear sign of an amped up album number two filled with sky-high pop ambitions. An empowered break-up banger, the track features Olly Alexander telling a no-good ex to sling his hook. “You played games and it ended” he sings.
‘If You’re Over Me’ follows on from the epic ‘Sanctify’, which the group released back in March. Speaking about the song in a press release, Olly Alexander said: “This is a song about trying to stay friends with an ex. Spoiler alert – it doesn’t often work. In fact, in my experience, the relationship often ends up ruined. ‘If You’re Over Me’ is about the emotional torture that ensues – meeting up and making out, then breaking up all over again, then making out some more.”
Speaking to DIY last month Olly Alexander also told fans to expect a “petty” and more personal second album.
“Putting yourself in an uncomfortable position – in terms of the creative process – it usually means you’re going to get something worthwhile,” he added. “I really had to get past the levels of pettiness…. sometimes it made me laugh. I’d be writing a song when I was so angry at my ex boyfriend. I would never want to present this to the world, where I’m just this bitter ex who’s still hung up on him! [But] actually, sometimes we are hung up!” he added. “It’s an ugly, but also truthful and beautiful, side to our humanity. I had to be okay with it.”
Meanwhile Alexander recently revealed that he cried backstage following his 2016 performance at Glastonbury. The trio played The Other Stage at the Worthy Farm festival, which took place during LGBT Pride weekend. During the set, the Years & Years frontman promised to “shove a rainbow in fear’s face” and took the opportunity to address fans.
Years & Years released their debut album ‘Communion‘ in 2015, scoring their first UK Number One.
The trio recently announced a special London launch show for ‘Palo Santo’. Tickets are available here. The gig will take place at Camden’s Roundhouse venue on July 10.