17 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years & Years are disciples of dance music, freely playing with classic and contemporary forms and rhythms. Songs like “Real” and “Worship” tap into the escapist throb of deep house and the giddiness of ’80s synth-pop. On “Shine” and “King”, Olly Alexander’s lush voice reminds us that Communion is a pop affair at heart. “Memo”, with its tender falsetto and piano, would convert Sam Smith fans. Packed with peak-hour anthems and lighters-aloft ballads, Communion is a dance-pop album that will hold up for decades to come.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years & Years are disciples of dance music, freely playing with classic and contemporary forms and rhythms. Songs like “Real” and “Worship” tap into the escapist throb of deep house and the giddiness of ’80s synth-pop. On “Shine” and “King”, Olly Alexander’s lush voice reminds us that Communion is a pop affair at heart. “Memo”, with its tender falsetto and piano, would convert Sam Smith fans. Packed with peak-hour anthems and lighters-aloft ballads, Communion is a dance-pop album that will hold up for decades to come.

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About Years & Years

Years & Years were formed in 2010 in London when Michael Goldsworthy and Emre Turkman met online while looking to start a band; they'd eventually be joined on vocals by actor Olly Alexander after hearing him singing at a friend's house while taking a shower. The trio's synth pop sound first gained exposure when the single Traps was released on Kitsuné Music in 2013. The group's second EP, Real, came out in February 2014 and with some impressive live dates under their belts, the trio announced they had signed a deal with Polydor. Their first major-label single Take Shelter appeared in the August -- as well a collaboration with the Magician on Sunlight a month later -- followed by the release of Desire. In 2015, on the heels of winning the prestigious BBC Sound Of award, Years & Years released their debut full-length album Communion. ~ Rich Wilson

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