He’s never been afraid to speak his mind whether its in his lyrics or in an interview.
So it should come as no surprise that Olly Alexander didn’t have any issues delving into the meaning behind Years & Years’ latest single, Sanctify, which he revealed was about his own past sexual encounters with straight men.
Sitting down for a chat about the band’s latest effort, the Yorkshire-born star, 27, explained that the song was ‘inspired’ by experiences from his past, as well as being about his own ‘coming out journey’.
‘I wanted to write a song that was inspired from some experiences I’ve had with guys who identify as straight but I’ve had something a bit more than just a friendship with them,’ he told PinkNews. ‘I was interested in what’s happening in that interaction, which inspired the song. Also, it spoke a bit to my own coming out journey as a gay guy.’
The lyrics themselves don’t pull any punches, with one of the opening lines being: ‘You don’t have to be straight with me/I see what’s underneath your mask.’
Chatting about the music itself, Olly explained the song is influenced by his own tastes, adding: ‘I wanted something that felt like it could be Britney-era Slave 4 U meets Timberland… that’s my favorite kind of stuff to listen to.’
The singer and actor, who first shot to fame as part of the ensemble for E4’s ground-breaking teen drama Skins, and his dramatic and artistic streak can be seen in the music video for Sanctify.
Taking influence from Sci-fi future dystopias there’s a feel of Blade Runner and Highlander about the video.
It features Olly as a human captured by androids for their own entertainment, and sees the singer doing a sexually-charged dance routine on top of a seat in the middle of a room as crowds watch on – it all feels very mid-noughties Britney (which is probably exactly what he was hoping for).
Sanctify by Years & Years is available to purchase and stream now.
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