It’s only six months since Years and Years were named the BBC’s ones to watch for 2015 by winning the corporation’s Sound of 2015 critics’ poll.
But the electro-pop trio have already developed into fully fledged pop stars, with a number one single under their belt (King sold more than 100,000 copies to boot) and a follow-up (Shine) looking sure to follow suit later this month.
Their album’s not half bad either, easily eclipsing that of blues-pop troubadour James Bay, who they relegated to second place in January.
It’s pushing 30 years now since Stock/Aitken/Waterman dominated the pop charts like a triple-headed producing behemoth, but there are moments on Communion where you’d be forgiven for believing they were walking among us again.
King, Shine, Desire and Gold all conjure up memories of Rick Astley and Brother Beyond’s Nathan Moore dad-dancing on Top of the Pops, but without any of the heavy-handedness which hampered SAW’s later productions. These are pop nuggets to treasure.
The trio are also clearly keen to show they are more than “just” a pop act, too. Worship and Real will please the Disclosure fans getting impatient waiting for their second album while Memo extends the influences net out to include The XX.
It doesn’t really matter whether it’s dance-influence pop music or pop-influenced dance music. Communion is a listenable, playable record for all. Dive in.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh