Do people still use the word ‘banger’? I hope not, because it only makes me think of Tobias as Mrs. Featherbottom in Arrested Development, or a bunch of orange individuals dancing at a club. But if people do still use it, chances are it’s appropriate to describe this track from London’s Years & Years. The London trio already has an EP under their belts, released last September through the folks at Kitsune. “Real” is the title track to their new EP, due out again through Kitsune – this time on February 17th.
The song starts off fairly unassumingly before morphing into something much larger and addictive. It’s a tale of lust and/or longing, and though it maintains its danceability throughout, there’s a melancholy to the lyrics that ultimately makes “Real” much more grounded than the normal themes of getting drunk/high/laid (not that there’s anything wrong with any of those goals for a particular evening).
And while we can feel bad that the protagonist doesn’t get his wish of the object of his desire staying the night, his pain makes for a hell of a song. I’m talking frontrunner for a track I’ll play incessantly for the next eleven months.