SONG OF THE MONTH: Dreamland by Pet Shop Boys feat Years & Years (October 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

It would be fair to say we were surprised that sophomore Years & Years album Palo Santo was released last year without this track.

  • Read on for reasons including why you should check out the Pet Shop Boys on tour next year

Instead it appears as the 67th Pet Shop Boys’ single with a featuring credit for Years & Years seeing the band join other PSB duet partners including Dusty Springfield, Example, David Bowie and Robbie Williams.

Dreamland also boasts a writing credit for Y&Y frontman Olly Alexander and serves as the lead track for the 14th Pet Shop Boys’ studio album which helpfully has the same release date as its title, 24.1.20.

What makes it October’s Song Of The Month? It’s uptempo and was first performed by the Boys with Olly at their triumphant Hyde Park headlining show in September.

It starts off reminding us of 90s dance (specifically O.T Quarter’s Hold That Sucker Down from Queer As Folk) before including a lyric about migrant dreams which seems incredibly poignant right now after TV’s Years And Years and because of current headlines: ‘It’s kind of amnesia, Where all problems seem to disappear And you don’t need a visa, You can come and go and still be here.’

The Pet Shop Boys play 7 UK dates in 2020 including a return to The 02 on their Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live tour. We wouldn’t dream of missing them.

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