by Years & Years

Writers - Alexander/Tennant/Lowe
First released - TBD
Original album - TBD
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

This is a "placeholder" for the yet-to-be-released song "Dreamland" by the British band Years & Years, co-written with the Pet Shop Boys by their lead singer Olly Alexander and first discussed publicly by him in May 2017. It was originally slated to appear on the next Years & Years album, but when its title (Palo Santo), prospective release date (July 2018), and tracklist were finally revealed in April 2018, it wasn't included, possibly because it doesn't fit with the album's underlying concept, which reportedly concerns what has been described as "a genderless dystopian society populated by androids."

"It is still being decided who will take that one," Alexander said of the song to interviewer James Wilson-Taylor, waffling on whether it would eventually emerge as a recording by his own band, by the Pet Shop Boys, or by a third party altogether. "I'm sure you'll hear it," he affirmed, but quickly added, "One day."

According to Alexander, the lyrics of the song was inspired by an amusement park named Dreamland in the coastal town of Margate in southeastern England. They offer what he describes as "a subversive political statement," with Neil telling him that it "makes sense right now with [U.S. President Donald] Trump closing the borders." Neil encouraged him to make the lyrics even "more direct." Meanwhile, the music had originated with a track Chris had already composed even before the prospect of collaborating with Alexander had come up. He had tentatively called it "Anno Domini" (Latin for "In the year of the Lord"), though he concedes, "I don't know why it was called that."

I'll provide additional information here once it becomes available—if it becomes available.

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