Years & Years today announce details of their brand new single ‘Shine’, released on Polydor Records on July 5th. The single will follow their sure-to-be huge performance at Glastonbury the previous weekend and in advance of their brilliant debut album ‘Communion’ on July 10th.
‘Shine’ begins with driving beats and dreamy R&B harmonies and then morphs into a full-throttle dance number, gloriously capturing the butterflies-in-the-belly thrill of falling in love. “The metaphor of ‘shine’ and ‘shining’ comes from the way somebody can make you feel totally brand-new and special and re-made in the light of their love, but how that can feel incredibly unstable and overwhelming and make you want to destroy yourself,” explains Olly Alexander.
Listen to ‘Shine’
2015 has seen Olly, Emre and Mikey burst into the spotlight as one of the years most exciting prospects with most recent single ‘King’ topping the charts at the end of March. This was their third single to be playlisted at Radio 1 and became the 3rd most played track of the year acrosss the network (after Ellie Goulding and Mark Ronson). ‘King’ went on to sell in excess of 600,000 copies (platimum) and clocked up a staggering 50 million Spotify streams and 30 million views on the accompanying video.
And it’s not just the UK that are falling for this electronic pop trio – they are quickly becoming a global proposition with ‘King’ charting in the the top in Germany, Australia, Denmark, Belgium and Holland and much in demand tours selling out across the Europe, America and Australia. Years & Years have received over 50 million streams of their songs worldwide to date.
The demand to see them live remains rife in the UK too with the last two tours selling out months in advance as did the imminent tour which kicks off on May 19th in York and culminates with 2 sold out Shepherds bush shows on June 12th & 13th. Alongside this, they have big festival slots confirmed at Wild Life, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and Latitude.
Their new offering ‘Shine’ looks set to follow suit to ‘King’ and set Years & Years up for a highly impressive second half of 2015 where their brand of luminous electro-pop throughout album ‘Communion’ will firmly establish them as the most exciting UK bands to emerge in recent years.
Live in May & June:
19/05 Fibbers, York
20/05 Liquid Room, Edinburgh
23/05 Southampton Common, Southhampton
01/06 O2 Academy2, Oxford
02/06 The Junction, Cambridge
03/06 The Lemon Grove, Exter
12/06 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
13/06 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire