Pet Shop Boys collaborate with Olly Alexander

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Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as synthy-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, announced working on a new project with Olly Alexander, better known as the openly gay frontman of the indie-pop trio Years & Years. “It was fun to be back in the studio with Mr Olly Alexander,” Tennant wrote. As for Olly, he reposted the common pic, adding that Pet Shop Boys are his heroes and he is honored to collaborate with them. They keep in secret what exactly they are working on, but the fans have a theory that it might be ‘Dreamland,’ a track they allegedly wrote as a trio a couple of years ago. Back in 2017, Alexander revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he had written the Margate-inspired song with Tennant and Lowe. “I felt like I didn’t want to write about politics simply because I felt like I should,” he explained at the time. “But then last week I wrote a song with the Pet Shop Boys. It’s inspired by a fairground in Margate called Dreamland, but while I was writing it, Neil Tennant said to me, ‘This makes sense right now with Trump closing the borders.’ The song became something that touched on what’s going on in the world. I’d write lyrics and he’d say, ‘No, it needs to be more direct.’ He’d take a simple line and interject a subversive political statement. That’s the challenge as a pop writer, to do both at once.’”

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