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Years & Years share new video for "Desire (ft. Tove Lo)"

04 March 2016, 09:21 | Written by Laurence Day

Years & Years have revealed their visuals for the new version of "Desire" featuring Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo.

The track is the band's first new music (although it's not 100% new) since the release of last year's lauded debut Communion.

Fred Rowson has directed the visuals, which arrive ahead of the dance-pop band's upcoming UK arena tour.

Frontman Olly Alexander has also shared an open letter about the video, gender, and sexuality on Facebook. Read an excerpt below:

I LOVE POP (obviously) so, why is it that in 2016, a Pop video featuring people expressing their sexuality who aren’t cis-gendered or heterosexual, feel at all unusual or progressive? Well for a lot of people, it doesn’t- they live and think outside of the societal binary most of us are used to, but for a lot of other people, myself included, it does. It shouldn’t, but it does. I am an openly gay male singer, in a band called Years & Years, we make pop music. We’re not the only queer-frontman-led acts nor am I the only openly gay male singer but all that being said there aren’t that many of us and at times I’ve felt real pressure to hide or to limit my sexuality. Some of that pressure has come from myself and my own internal struggles and some of it has come from the wider world. Most often I see the following kind of attitude - we don’t mind if you’re gay, just don’t be too gay or that’s a bit much; a bit camp; a bit weird; don’t shove it in our faces etc. Well, if "shoving it in your face” essentially refers to the way that lots of straight pop stars get to assert their sexuality then I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna shove it in your face if I want to.

Communion is out now via Polydor.

Watch the video for "Desire" below.

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