“Sanctify” is the lead single, and the first song off Years & Years' sophomore album, Palo Santo.
A music video was released the same day as the single. The video features lead singer Olly Alexander in a futuristic, dystopian society.
Of the song, Alexander said:
I’ve had a couple of, let’s say, ‘encounters’ with guys who identify as straight but what has happened between us has been somewhat less than straight, so I wanted to write a song about that particular experience – so that’s what inspired the song’s lyrics.
In an interview with NYLON, Olly also said:
"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.
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