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With their luminous brand of electro-pop, London-based trio Years & Years layer sweetly smooth vocals over bright and heady beats to create what they call “music you can dance and cry to.” As winners of the BBC Sound of 2015 Poll (an honor previously granted to such critically praised hitmakers as Sam Smith, Adele, and Ellie Goulding), bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen, and vocalist Olly Alexander have spent the last few years charming audiences worldwide by merging R&B, deep house, and classic-pop with both elegance and abandon. Appearing on 2015 Artists to Watch lists from the likes of USA Today, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post, Years & Years are now poised for their stateside breakthrough with the release of their highly anticipated full-length debut album Communion. The follow-up to their Y&Y EP, Communion features debut U.S. single “King”—a gorgeously synth-washed track that reveals the raw yet lovely emotional power of the band’s gracefully crafted sound, and recently reached #1 in on the UK singles chart. To achieve that sound, Years & Years self-produced Communion with the help of collaborators like Mark Ralph (a producer/engineer who’s worked with Hot Chip and Hot Natured), matching an inventiveness inspired by such artists as Flying Lotus and Radiohead with a daringly confessional lyrical sensibility.
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