After whetting our appetite with new track “Sanctify” and an increasing list of festival performances and such growing on a weekly basis. I felt it wouldn’t be long before electronic pop trio Years & Years would grace us with another track teaser from sophomore album “Palo Santo.” What I wasn’t expecting though, was to learn “If You’re Over Me” is slated as the first official single with “Sanctify” labelled as a teaser to the album. By far, “Sanctify” is the more impacting of the two, in my opinion not treating the song as a single proper, to my thinking, feels a touch unjust.
The concept behind “Palo Santo” feels pretty much revealed on the latest visual which comes in support of newly unleashed cut “If You’re Over Me.” For purposes of clarity, a passage from the press release explains “Palo Santo has become a city on a distant planet, on which human beings are a rare commodity, worshipped and idolised 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.” With that, all said, and information gleaned from the opening credits of this new music video. I can only presume Olly Alexander’s background in entertainment has led back to a hankering to perform in music-theatre, once again. Only this time out, it’s of Olly’s own imagining, that he invites us into his musical concept, which appears to be, light years and years ahead.
The melodic style of the track is by far the most upbeat we’ve yet to hear from the trio, it’s pleasurably catchy and memorable, which I guess is what we really, want when going into summer. Do I find it odd the bittersweetness of the lyrics is counterbalanced in this, melodically perky way? Well, in a nutshell, no! I’m glad the band is giving us something that we weren’t expecting, by what feels like going about things to the beat of their own, drum.