11078149_970396306327291_6837757627095437254_nBritish newcomers Years & Years have been taking the pop scene by storm across the pond, already snatching the title of BBC’s Sound of 2015 at the beginning of the year when their singles “Take Shelter” and “Desire” garnered widespread attention on the blogosphere, only to be bested by “King,” which deservingly topped the UK Singles Chart. The divine-sounding “Shine” is the latest installment in their lineup of arena-ready hits and has already peaked at #2, to nobody’s surprise, and may be one of their best yet.

The best word to describe “Shine” is the title of the song itself, everything about it simply shines. The lush instrumentation almost glows as it bubbles and lifts up Olly Alexander’s vocals, before it explodes in a sunburst of glittery synths. Alexander laments his past misadventures in romance and looks towards the silver lining of the start of something new, and the production reflects it perfectly as it travels from melancholy to triumphant.

It’s easy to see why Years & Years has been gaining such traction in only a year. The band’s penchant for their distinctive lyrics, as well as the frontman’s earnest and genuine delivery, allows them to sound human and mortal over almighty sonic palettes that wouldn’t feel out of place in a club with it’s modern take on throwback house and pop. All of those elements will be sure to translate into their live show dates, which can be found here. The tour comes around to this side of the pond September 16th, so American fans will have time to warm up to their debut album, Communion, released worldwide July 10th.

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