If love is sometimes messy, breaking up is a full-on catastrophe. English pop band Years & Years released their second studio album, Palo Santo, on Friday (July 6), and if you ever wondered what the sound of cutting off an ex would be like coming out of your earbuds you should plug into the synth pop band’s latest.
The album’s lyricism orients around ideas of religious tradition and spirituality and is altogether fueled by metaphor. Much of it draws inspiration from navigating the messiness of young love and the hushed nature of some queer relationships, with frontman Olly Alexander alluding to the painful unfurling of an intimate relationship with a straight man.
Alongside the record, the group also produced a short film stringing together their previously released visuals into one more complete dystopian storyline. The deluxe album includes fourteen tracks including singles “Sanctify,” “If You’re Over Me,” “Palo Santo,” and “All For You,” with the first two peaking at No. 19 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Here’s eight lyrics from across the album that give language to the messy yet liberating process of cutting ties with that toxic ex:
Want to taste you on that lips to make you jealous
Make me forget I feel much better
“All For You”
You look like you’re so damn scared
I don’t really think you care
You know, you know that our time is through
‘It’s over when I leave,’ you said, ‘we’re never gonna meet again’
You played your game, it was all for you
Daddy said I never could win
That’s probably why I never pretend
But good things are coming to me
Do I have to keep you safe and warm tonight?
Didn’t no one ever teach you wrong from right?
I don’t wanna be something objectified
“If You’re Over Me”
Yesterday you said I’m the one
But now you say you’re done
Stop telling me what I need
Baby, if you’re over me
You’re so deluded, you’re such a fake
And now you got somebody else to manipulate
I think I dodged a bullet
I made a lucky escape
I’m waking spirits tonight
And I can’t hear your voice
I’ve got nothing to hide
‘Cause you’re with another boy
“Up In Flames”
And we’re dancing to the sound
Of your demons falling down
And our past is going up in flames (flames)
And the future will be rearranged