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Years & Years: ‘Shine’ (LISTEN)



The London-based, British trio Years & Years have released ‘Shine’ a new single from their hotly anticipated debut full-length album, entitled Communion, set to be released July 10th via all digital and physical partners. The album is available for pre-order now at all digital retailers.

The song begins with driving beats, laced with dreamy R&B harmonies that morph 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 vocalist Olly Alexander.

Fresh off a much buzzed about sold out run of U.S shows, the London-based electronic-pop trio consisting of bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen, along with vocalist Olly Alexander, recently made their late night television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, followed by a performance on Last Call with Carson Daly which featured songs filmed during their sold out show at The Troubadour. The second episode featuring performances of “Shine” and “Eyes Shut” is set to air May 13th on NBC.

Their current single ‘King’ hit No. 1 on the U.K. Singles chart while the video has already racked up almost 30 million views on Vevo. During SXSW the band debuted a killer performance of the hit single at the 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards and won the “Artist to Watch Woodie” at the annual awards show. Years & Years will return to the U.S. on tour this summer, dates to be announced soon.

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Chase is the founder and Creative Director of, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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november 2021