British synthpop band Years & Years have returned with "Sanctify," their first new track in two years and the first single off their long-anticipated sophomore album. Frontman Olly Alexander told Nylon that the song is about his experience "hooking up with a straight man":
"There’s so much that goes on in an experience like that. On the one hand, the guy is struggling with his sexuality and feeling unable to express himself as anything other than straight while also desiring me. I’m on the other side feeling like both a sinner and saint or a devil and angel, leading this guy down a path of sinfulness while, at the same time, helping him explore his sexuality."