Troye Sivan

14 albums, 86 tracks

Born in Jun 05, 1995

Dance-PopPop

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"Troye Sivan"

Jun 14, 2019

Newbie fresh out of the blues reaches azure in a mind captivating way

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Written by @gospelredefined from Gospel Redefined  / 6 mins read
#BlueNeighbourhood#TroyeSivan#IndiePop#Pop#SynthPop#DreamPop#ElectroPop

2015 was a year titans in the music industry released their albums to the world. This development made new comers in the music industry to stay the hell out of sight because no reasonable person would pick an album from a music toddler to that of music giants like Adele. Despite these threats, Troye Sivan released his debut album Blue Neighborhood as a newbie in the music industry. This singular act alone caught my attention and made me tag him the newbie with large balls. Troye Sivan is a South-African born Australian singer, actor and song writer whose life story is similar to that of fellow artist and gay boy, Todrick Hall. He gained popularity as a Vlogger and YouTuber when his channel recorded more than 3.7 million subscribers. The Internet is to be thanked for the sudden hike in the career of many young artistes who have reached their peak without metamorphosing through tedious stages before gaining world recognition. Troye is adored by lots of teenager’s courtesy of well, his beautiful vocals and the paroxysms embedded in his lyrics. He came out as gay in 2013 and is loved for his pouty lips that drives ladies crazy. Troye Sivan's debut album Blue Neighborhood has high production qualities and makes the world come to the realization that he's definitely a kid that has been around the block for a while but yet stayed unnoticed. The album is an extraordinary pop record. Something quite magnetic about the electro-pop artist is his effortless vocals, theatrical lyrics that leaves one flabbergasted wondering if such deep thoughts can come from a fresher. The album was released on 4th December 2015 under record labels EMI Music Australia and Capitol Records America preceded the singer’s EP album, TRXYE. The lyrics to Blue Neighborhood are romantic, strong and sexy where he narrates gay love stories of his youthful exuberance. Though the singer does not display vocal strength but is definitely a nice choice for the road.

Rash choices made under the blindfold can change our final destinations

This song was born out of Troye’s his love for the LGBTQ+ group as a gift that consolidates his new identity. By so doing, the song remains one of his most personal songs because it refers to his sexuality. “Heaven” is clearly different from other songs on the album as it has deeper meanings to the singer’s heart and a touch of ballad in it. Coming out as gay is not as simple as some may think it to be as the individuals involved struggle hard with their LGBTQ+ identity. The criticism of gay people dates way back and the society is generally found to frown at same preaching that gays are sinners and that the practice is wrong and morally unacceptable. Gays put a lot of work into changing themselves fundamentally and fighting internal homophobic wars as their inner man tries to readjust to their new self. In this song, Troye pens down the war he has been fighting over homosexuality and religion, adding that it has not been an easy feat to come to this realization at the age of 14. He quoted that some may have had a well lubricated ground to stand on before the declaration, but this was the hardest thing he had to do. Troye is one act that does not follow the trend but tries to retrace his steps to find out why a particular action or decision was taken. Little wonder why he bit himself bitterly with questions about his newly found self. Fragments of such questions can be found in the lyrics of his song “Heaven” where he seems upset that he is trailing the wrong path which might cost him something very dear and that is the final resting place, “Heaven”. Troye’s definition of “Heaven” is the endpoint for all humans after death which the ticket to its entrance is living a life devoid of sin.

Finding a silver lining in the midst of dark scary skies

This song is one that is hard to come by these days. Troye is an innovative writer and that is evident in this track which comes with organic lyrics that pass the message directly void of twists and turns. Troye is one singer in love with beautiful sounds from heavily infused instruments such as piano. “Talk me Down” is a well-polished song with strong lyrics and vivid imagery. The songs details the experience of someone going through a high press melancholia with an ambiance of darkness and suicidal tendencies hovering round the blue skies above the victim. “Talk me Down” is a laconic yet potent reminder of life’s reality. In the verses, the artiste is found to demand some level of canoodling from his lover but is inhibited by past transgressions. Being neglected this way is most times has bad effects on one’s partner who feels dark thoughts creep in during moments of solitude. Love sometimes stupefies those entangled in its web as each passing second can flash a thousand of images containing events and reasons to return to a lost love through one’s mind. One need know that he is working a thin rope in that kind of situation and needs to strategize and not follow instincts.

Love pierces deep and hard maybe because roses come with thorns

“Wild”is the first song on the Blue Neighbourhood album. It begins with chanting from children. It is a beautifully produced song with well-arranged lyrics and catchy pop tunes with Troye’s silky voice flowing in a stream of water. The chorus is epic and the chord progression flawless with the singer’s idea being to showcase an unusually exciting romance. “Wild” makes it way to warming loving hearts with intense romance feeling with a touch of wild forbidden love. The song is an excellent first choice track decision by Troye. Listening to the track, I was intrigued by the instrumentals from the start of the song to finish. “Wild” is yet another episode from a catastrophic love story in need of restructuring. Some relationships can prove to be so destructive that one may be driven to do the unthinkable. Leaving the relationship is most times not the best option depending on the depth one has already sunk. A mere thought or sight of a partner can make the other quiver in fear with thousands of emotions flowing mainstream. In my opinion, face your fears and address the issues from the root to avoid being another rehabilitation Centre’s casualty lying in wait.

May 24, 2019

Troye Sivan Does Pop That Is Earnest, Atmospheric, and Brooding

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Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity  / 7 mins read
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I grew up with pop music that is fun (Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon”), naughty “Material Girl” (Madonna), and empowering (Debbie Gibson – “Electric Youth”), that is why when I scan the pop landscape of the mid- to late-teenies of this century, I am intrigued to see pop that is littered with heartbreak and pain (Adele, Sam Smith), to artists who write songs that would make their ex-loves squirm in their seats (Taylor Swift), and then there are those fun ones who make danceable homages to an earlier era (Bruno Mars). Even then, it accurately depicts this generation’s anxious search for life answers and immediate gratification from what they perceive as their aimless and empty lives. In today’s world, teenagers and young adults shamelessly project everything they feel, what they eat, where they are, who they are dating, what they are wearing – basically almost all the aspects of their lives for the outside world to see (leaving almost nothing to the imagination), making them vulnerable to judgment and derision. Through the different platforms of social media, they try their best to create these immaculately blissful lives, obliterating those which may seem offensive to their social standing and to their clique of friends. The presence of all those songs by those pop artists is is understandable. To make the list even more interesting, add to it Australian social media maven Troye Sivan whose self-assured debut album, Blue Neighborhood brings to the fore his unique experiences as a gay man, someone who takes control of his life at a very young age – saying when, where and how to out himself and then composing these great set of songs with the earnestness of a person who only wants authenticity and no shade.

Troye Sivan’s Gay Identity Is Part And Parcel Of His Music: One Cannot Be Without The Other

I am trying to figure out how old Troye Sivan was when he was working on these songs from this album. Nineteen, eighteen years old maybe, since “Wild” was released in an earlier EP. His achievements really amaze me because at that age, I was totally just a geek in school – and if someone asked me to write a song or at least lyrics to a song – the songs would be too vomit-inducing or be labeled as a fraud – since unlike Troye – I was still feeling my way into the adult heterosexual world and their judgments of gay people. In other words, one side of me was still pretending to be straight to please the heterosexual hegemony. Mind you this was in the late 80s and even if gay acceptance at that time has progressed a bit compared to the 50s and 60s – it still wasn’t easy just to flaunt your cape. That’s why when I see the lyrics of Troye Sivan’s songs in this album – I am astounded at how self-assured he is – as a young gay man – and bravo to that! I hope his experiences resound throughout the young gay community – because frankly – that stage in a gay man’s life is so f**g hard! If straight young adults and teenagers find that stage challenging, how much more for PLU’s (people like us) who live as the minority. In this album, the song Heaven, in my opinion, is the most assertive and the one loaded with conviction – Troye sings determinedly “Without losing a piece of me, how do I get to heaven, without changing a part of me, how do I get to heaven, if I’m losing a part of me, maybe I don’t want heaven” - exactly the words that have been finding their cohesion inside my brain all these years. In those few simple lines, Troye was able to articulate what millions of LGBT people are saying to themselves – especially those who are members of organized religions like Roman Catholics (me!), Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and a host of others.

Parts Of Blue Neighborhood Reads Like Diary Entries Of Troye Sivan

I don’t know if young adults still keep diaries nowadays because some of the songs of Troye Sivan in this album seem like they came straight from his diary entries. In the song “Fools”, he says “I am tired of this place, I hope people change, I need time to replace what I gave away
and my hopes, they are high, I must keep them small, though I try to resist I still want it all” I am drawn to this line since like ordinary heterosexual young people, young homosexuals also keep their hopes high about having a good life when they grow up, but since restrictions are placed on how homosexuals are behaved, gay people of keep their hopes small, resisting urges than heterosexual people don’t even think twice about doing. And like heterosexual people, gay people also want it all “I see swimming pools and living rooms and aeroplanes, I see a little house on the hill and children's names, I see quiet nights poured over ice and Tanqueray, but everything is shattering and it's my mistake” but society’s norms and organized religions often put doubt into their minds and make them feel that they are a mistake in society and that their dreams are not valid. For Troye to be evaluating those thoughts at that young age show a very intelligent and sensitive gay man. The song that brought Troye Sivan to mainstream consciousness, “Wild”, shows what he feels about falling in love “Leave this blue neighbourhood never knew loving could hurt this good, oh and it drives me wild” I prefer the version where he sings this alone but for most people, the one where Alessia Cara sings with him is the more popular version.

Sivan Keeps The Songs Compelling With One Word Titled Songs That Bring Different Interpretations To The Fore

Most of the songs in this album have one-word titles which I guess Troye likes so as to keep things simple. This does not however stop him from making the songs interesting, as I like almost all the songs in the album. There’s “Ease”, which he sings with the Kiwi duo the Broods. In this song, Troye paints a picture of sweet domestic bliss, “Take me back to the basics and the simple life, tell me all of the things that make you feel at ease, your touch, my comfort, and my lullaby, holdin' on tight and sleepin' at night” What a sweet image to behold! Then there’s “Bite” which sounds quite alluring if we look at it in a naughtier context. Troye sings here “Kiss me on the mouth and set me free, sing me like a choir, I can be the subject of your dreams, your sickening desire” This song sounds like it won’t feel out of place in a vampire movie, don’t you think so? Even vampirism has shades of homoeroticism as the image of this line suggest “Kiss me on the mouth and set me free, but please don’t bite” Finally, there’s the song with the intriguing title “DKLA”, as young people are wont to using abbreviations these days when they chat with each other – LMAO, BRB, WTF – so I initially thought it was about Dracula, lol, but what do I know. Turns out it’s a sad song about being abandoned and being left by the one you love “What do I do now, I don’t keep love around” – so there, DKLA is spelled out for you there.

Queer Artistry Finds Its Rightful Place In Pop Music Thanks To Troye Sivan’s Stunning Debut Blue Neighbourhood

At this point in time, the name Troye Sivan is probably quite familiar. “He’s that gay pop star from Australia who did a song with Ariana Grande.” Well, while all of that is true, there was a time when mentioning the name Troye Sivan would receive a response of confusion. I remember the good ol’ days when he was considered a “new artist” and I could tell people all about his greatness without them having any prior knowledge of his artistry. A lot of new fans were made this way, so you’re welcome Troye Sivan. Fast-forward 5 years later, Troye Sivan is probably one of the more well-known queer pop artists, along with former Disney Channel star, “Lesbian Jesus” Hayley Kiyoko. Together, they ushered in one of the greatest years for queer recognition in the popular music media last year with what some fans (including myself) called “20GAYTEEN.” Now, this landmark year in queer visibility comes a bit later in Troye Sivan’s story. He actually got his start on YouTube, with fans tuning into his vlogs to see him do… well, whatever people do on vlogs. Admittedly, I wasn’t into the YouTuber trend. I had many friends who would worship these random guys on the Internet, most likely because of their looks. I couldn’t really get behind watching someone do absolutely nothing for 10 minutes because he was the slightest bit attractive. That was never the reason why I got into Troye Sivan — though I don’t dislike his face, to be fair. I became a fan of Troye Sivan when he started to release music, beginning with his exceptional debut hit “Happy Little Pill.” I knew of his name because a college friend of mine showed me a YouTube video of his once in the library, and even though I did my best to act like I cared about the mundane thing that he was doing in the video, it was his music that immediately captivated me. Fast-forward to his debut album Blue Neighbourhood, an album that not only meant much to me at the time, but still does even today.

Written by hazelnutcoffee from HazelNutCoffee / May 17, 2019

A Debut Album Filled With Personal Stories And Emotions? Yes Please.

Australian singer-songwriter, Troye Sivan released his debut album four years ago. His album Blue Neighbourhood is an album written about coming to terms with who he is and who he loves, as he is an openly gay artist. The first song I remember hearing by him was the remix version of “WILD” featuring Alessia Cara, but it took a while for me to listen to the album, probably because I am a procrastinator extraordinaire, but once I finally did, I was once again pleasantly surprised. For some reason I am hesitant about listening to new full-length albums, but most of the time I find myself enjoying them, and Blue Neighbourhood was no exception.

Written by adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie / May 08, 2019

Bloom: Where Being Gay Is Not An Issue To Be Accepted By Fans Worldwide Anymore

That an artist has to hide his or her real sexuality to pander to the norms of an audience he or she is trying to break through and be accepted is a mark against how intolerant an audience is and not on how creative or honest the artist is. Although there are several openly gay and highly successful artists out there – Elton John, Sam Smith, Melissa Etheridge, I haven’t found a template that quite follows the careful yet boldly planned audacity of Aussie newcomer Troye Sivan to just wear his heart out on his sleeve at his first introduction to the masses. This may be due to the increased tolerance of the young audience to artists and their sexuality and the open discussion today’s social media platforms allow. It also helps that Troye is savvy in handling all these platforms that have allowed him to grow up in front of his targeted audience. Of course, all this talk of gayness is a minor issue because in the real music world – your music has to connect with an audience first, otherwise, all that coming out and the drama that goes with it would be an exercise in futility – and gimmickry (if you can call being queer as one) can only get you so far. Bloom is Troye Sivan’s second album and his most polished to date (well, he’s had two EPs and a debut album) and he has been growing in maturity and sophistication in every release he has made. In my own personal awards for international artists last year, Troye Sivan was up there for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year and had two slots in the Record of the Year. That’s how dominant his music was in my personal playlist – and I’m sure I am not alone in feeling that way.

Written by tonyfabelous from Fabelousity / Apr 26, 2019

Through A Gay Point Of View, We All Can Universally Hear The Aching Love Expressed On Sivan’s The Blue Neighborhood

For lack of a more iconic comparison, I think its fair to equate the Troye Sivan of today with the eighties success of Boy George and Culture Club. I find that they certainly sound similar – a yearning vocal which tends to operate soulfully over New Wave arrangements. Both artists have developed a dreamscape for gay romance where both love’s power and fragility can sound truly electric – a stylistic nod to club music, albeit one that’s more melancholic and introspective. George’s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” is fun to dance to, but is so somber sounding as well, and so too, many tracks on The Blue Neighborhood will have you gazing at your dancing feet, grooving alone to the emotions. It’s just that type of blue mood – one which I personally have always gravitated too. It’s not all Pop perfection here though – I find the album to have several tracks that sound too similar to one another, and more frustrating for me are the silly millennial whoops and heys included on big tracks because…well, because everyone else was doing it, especially in 2015. I do my best to mentally omit the ‘wa ah ahs’ and ‘hey’ background vocals on a pretty big and moody opening track “WILD.” Honestly, why do these tired ideas creep into our Pop music? Is there really some deep seated need for us audience members to ‘sing as one’ like a children’s choir song after song, from Pop to EDM. Yep, these sonic follies, plus the annoying as hell vocal effect formanting, plus the Trap clutter on certain beats, were as trying for me back then as they are now - and perhaps even sound more frustrating listening to a song like “YOUTH” today. The beat finally drops and the sampled singing squirts and squelches over and over again, mind-numbingly. No, I am much more for the songs on The Blue Neighborhood which strove to circumvent overused trends – and with 16 joints to listen to, I thought my odds were pretty good.

Written by taylor / Apr 25, 2019

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Born

    1995-06-05

Active

    2006–present

Label

  • EMI Australia
  • Capitol

About

Troye Sivan Mellet (/trɔɪ sɪˈvɑːn/ TROY sih-VAHN; born 5 June 1995) is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTube personality. After gaining popularity as a singer on YouTube and in Australian talent competitions, Sivan signed with EMI Australia, a Universal Music Australia label, in 2013 and released his debut extended play, TRXYE (2014), which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Its lead single, "Happy Little Pill", reached number 10 on Australian music charts. In 2015, he released his second extended play Wild followed by his debut studio album Blue Neighbourhood, whose lead single "Youth" became Sivan's first single to enter the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 23. Sivan has also earned two number 1 singles on the Billboard Dance Chart.
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