Desire

Album: Y & Y EP (2014)
Charted: 22
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Songfacts®:

  • Years & Years are a soulful electronic pop trio who formed in 2010. Their vocalist Olly Alexander is also a successful actor having featured in a number of films including Tormented, Enter the Void, and Great Expectations as well as also playing Jakob in the TV series Skins. He joined the band after guitarist Mikey Goldsworthy heard him singing in the shower.
  • This is the third single released by the band. "We started writing the chorus first, which isn't usually how we write, as 'desire' became the hook and statement," Alexander explained. "The track reminded us of those big '90s house tunes, which we took a lot of inspiration from, including Chicago house, so we wanted to keep that same energy and pace throughout."
  • The song's music video was directed by Sing J Lee (Gorgon City's "Ready For Your Love," Charli XCX's "Boom Clap"). "After getting hooked on the track, the boys sent a note through about the meaning of the song, a cyclical conflict of being a slave to desire and the blurring between the lines of lust and love," Lee explained.

    "This in mind, I wanted to create something sensual and surreal, and it felt right that we should visit a strange world set within an apartment block and fleetingly peer into the lives of characters as they voyeuristically and hungrily fantasize over watching each other," he added, "with Olly playing the enigmatic raconteur."
  • Years & Years released a new version of the song in 2016, featuring additional vocals from Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo.
  • A steamy Fred Rowson-directed music clip was released for the Tove Lo remix. The gender-inclusive visual sees Olly Alexander kissing both men and women. "I've been wanting to make a video with some of my queer family for a long time," the vocalist said. "Everyone has a different definition of what they find sexy… For me, whoever it is, two women, two men, a group of gender-queer people, it's all cute."

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