Years & Years’ Palo Santo is somewhat of a departure from the indie-pop of their first LP. Many of the new songs contain upbeat sounds reminiscent of the mainstream pop era of the late ‘90s. Palo Santo also features components from the bubblegum pop genre. The album’s lyrical content illustrates the romantic relationships between lead singer Olly Alexander and his former love interests. Notable is the song “Hypnotised,” a synth-pop ballad that reflects upon feelings of anger, betrayal and being helplessly in love. While “Lucky Escape” reflects on how unresolved heartbreak became his peaceful resolution.
Producer: Greg Kurstin & Mike Ralph