New Years & Years Single “Sanctify” Is About Gay Sex With Straight Guys

"You don't have to be straight with me," sings out frontman Olly Alexander.

Olly Alexander will always give it to you straight.

Years & Years has released a new single, “Sanctify,” and the London-based synth-pop trio’s unabashedly out frontman has revealed that it’s about hooking up with straight men.

“You don’t have to be straight with me,” Alexander sings on the track. “I see what’s underneath your mask.”

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“I wanted to write a song that was kind of 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 tells Beats1.

The accompanying music video depicts Alexander as a human slave used for the dancing entertainment of a futuristic android society.

“I’ve been having a lot of encounters with straight guys that were not being straight with me and were struggling, to put it lightly, with their sexuality,” Alexander tells GQ. “It’s a very common experience, I think, for gay men to fall for a straight guy.”

hello! our new song Sanctify is out now !!!!!! and you can listen to it on Spotify and Apple and all the places and watch the video (link is on my page !!!) ❤️❤️❤️We love u & we hope u like it ❤️❤️❤️ I cant describe how I’m feeling right now, id forgotten how jangly and terrifying and exciting it is to share something that you’ve been holding so close to you for so long. I feel really fucking happy right now ! Or , my heart won’t stop beating really fast!! I hope u love this song, I loved making it so much. thanku @kidharpoon for writing with me and making it all sound so seductive !!!!!with your boys @emreyears @mikeyyears !!!(ay @sammy_witte ))! . thank you @fredrowson for bringing this whole vision to life with your direction and brain, I cannot! wait for everybody to see!!! what’s coming next.! @martha_kinn this is your baby too thank you for believing in Palo Santo ✨ and for putting your soul into it, with the iconic and legendary @mjmjs of course !! I hope u enjoy the video, so many brilliant people worked really hard to make it, thanku @aaronsillis for chairography (and @jpholme ❤️)@stephenhallowes , @semerakhan @fifisg , Polydor, The Thai crew, Jaime and @blinkstagrammer , @nickroyal did the LKS and @vithayapansringarm is our showman and well……. thank you for reading this thank you for listening thank you for support it means the world to me :-) xx Ps. this is just the beginning ‍♂️‍♂️‍♂️

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“I’ve almost found myself… playing this saint and sinner role, or like this angel and devil, because I’m leading them down the path of ’sinful gayness,'” the 27-year-old singer continues, “but also I’m helping them satisfy the sexual desire that they feel they can’t get anywhere else.”

“Sanctify” will be on Years & Years’ upcoming sophomore album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Communion. They recently premiered the track “DNA,” which is also expected to be on the new album.

Watch the “Sanctify” video below.
 

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