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Years & Years Communion

Under the weight of expectation that being dubbed The Sound of 2015 carries, the debut album from Years & Years manages to deliver on all fronts. It’s a proper old fashioned album in the sense of being curated from start to end, a gentle roller coaster of their distinctive soulful electro. You’re taken from reflective electronic ballads to crying-at-the-discoteque dance bangers, all genres that they’ve made their own. When King rolls around it’s like a familiar friend in sea of similar sounding, well-known Y&Y tracks. Everything has a place as you feel like you’re being taken on a tour of Olly Alexander’s damaged but optimistic psyche. It’s exactly his battered lyrics and emotive voice that make this album. There’s something deliberately dry and robotic about the production, which makes Olly’s yearning and flailing of heart decorated sleeves all the more effective. Our favourite track Ties is the most Robyn-esque strop, and perfectly captures the fear of intimacy and transitory nature of certain big city gay love narratives. Or maybe that’s just us. Without that fragility, Years & Years would be another so-so electro pop band. With it, they’re about the best incidentally gay thing in pop right now.

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