Years & Years will be dropping their new album Palo Santo this July – three years after their 2015 debut Communion.
The band – which includes frontman Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen – took to social media today (26.04.18) to tease the “first official single” from their highly anticipated album alongside a short film.
A press release says: “On Palo Santo, Years & Years’ impact on pop feels truly tribal, one in which the minority is always the majority and everyone is welcome.”
Here I am with the powerful omnipotent Mother of Palo Santo, Dame Judi Dench, who let us record her iconic voice for our short film. SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE WHAT WE HAVE COMING FOR YOU GUYS OMG pic.twitter.com/5IcLx56hiE— Years & Years (@yearsandyears) April 25, 2018
It went on to add that the band have created “the perfect space in which to tell their most intimate, personal stories; on identity, sexuality, performance and ultimately, what it means to be human.”
The band also released the short film – with the same title as the album – which is narrated by Dame Judi Dench, directed by Fred Rowson and starring the band’s frontman, Dench and Thai actor Vithava Pansringarm.
On their official Twitter page, the band tweeted a picture with the Academy Award winner and wrote: “Here I am with the powerful omnipotent Mother of Palo Santo, Dame Judi Dench, who let us record her iconic voice for our short film.
good morning !! we are OVER THE MOON to announce that Y&Y2 is coming on July 6 2018 and it's called Palo Santo and we can't wait for you to hear it! pre-order the album to get exclusive ticket access to future UK and US shows !! more info here ! https://t.co/WsbIbN1Ke6 pic.twitter.com/OwvVA3Tio0— Years & Years (@yearsandyears) April 26, 2018
“SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE WHAT WE HAVE COMING FOR YOU GUYS OMG [sic]”
The plot for the film is: “Palo Santo has also 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.”
Palo Santo... the second album !! Coming 6th July 2018. Pre-order tomorrow 9AM BST 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/XIUHBMILh0— Years & Years (@yearsandyears) April 25, 2018
The Palo Santo tracklisting is as follows:
3. All For You
7. If You’re Over Me
9. Lucky Escape
10. Palo Santo
11. Here (Interlude)
12. Howl (Bonus track)
13. Don’t Panic (Bonus track)
14. Up In Flames (Bonus track)