Years & Years are no strangers to very outlandish, and sexually progressive music video (prime examples being “King” and “Desire“). The English trio are now back with the official video for their single “Worship,” and it’s as bold and awesome as you’d expect.
The clip is directed by Matt Lambert, whose previous work has included videos for Hercules And Love Affair and Patrick Wolf. It’s also choreographed by Ryan Heffington, whose has collaborated with Sia and Florence And The Machine in the past.
In the video, the band’s frontman Olly Alexander is seen dancing for a small group of men in front of dimly-lit cars. He dances with a furious passion, licks the car’s windshield, and is later joined by a posse of other guys as they intensely kiss.
The choreography is just so primal and emotional, so much that you can practically feel everything Olly is feeling while watching it. It’s absolutely amazing.
“Worship” is the eighth single to be dropped from their debut studio LP Communion, with the trio also saying that this will be the last release from the 13-song album.
The music video also serves as powerful commentary on the visibility (or rather lack of) of the LGBTQ+ community, which Alexander goes deeper into explaining in this statement:
When we get the chance to make a video I start by asking myself a bunch of questions – what should it look like? How can we portray the songs meaning in the video? Is there a “statement” I want to express? What am I trying to say and what if it’s misconstrued? I go round and round like this and recently I’ve been questioning nearly everything, asking myself I’m doing enough, if I’m helping at all and what use, if any, do I have as a singer in a band? Honestly, I don’t know the answers to these questions. I can’t pretend I haven’t felt, at times, profoundly discouraged and disheartened. I feel like I won’t ever be able to do enough. So, reality check, I make pop music. This is a video for a pop song. However, the visibility of queer people feels more important to me now than ever.
I couldn’t have been more excited and grateful to work with two artists I massively respect, Matt Lambert and Ryan Heffington. Their super charged magical queer creative energy was a real privilege to be a part of. This video is a collaboration between us and I am very proud of it.
I want to stare down fear and intolerance with the queer eyes in my queer face. I want to try to not be afraid. I know I’ll make mistakes, but I want to keep going. I’ve seen the incredible amount of support and love from our fans and I’ve learnt a lot from them. I can only hope that the dialogue continues and we trust each other enough to carry on. To keep making people sit up and think, to start the conversations that tackle identity, gender, gayness, queerness and the inter-sections between them all. I know that I’m not going to be quiet about it.