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Discover Where Pop Prince Troye Sivan First Made His Sonic Splash On ‘TRXYE – EP’

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I discovered Troye Sivan a little out of sequence – having noticed several interesting singles on the album Blue Neighborhood, but not really appreciating his sonic stature until hearing the album Bloom. I appreciate his mix of tender balladry and club House rhythms – styles which he lends much emotional Soul singing power to, while the content, addressed towards male rather than female lovers, is compelling irregardless of whether listeners are heterosexual or LGBQT. That is the power of well executed Pop, and a big reason why Troye Sivan can delight all audiences while being unafraid to talk love and lust (sometimes with graphic analogies being made in the case of track “Bloom”) in reference to his ‘coming out’ and his on and off relationship music about men. Not since George Michael has there been a Pop artist who has been able to be ‘out’ whilst also achieving extreme marketability, though Michael’s sexuality only became known much later in his career – and likewise, society has thankfully progressed enough I feel where we can all watch a homoerotic music video like Sivan’s “My My My!” and concede at the very least – ‘damn, this is a hot video.’ Well, “My My My!” represents the confident sex symbol version of Sivan, but it all started perhaps more humbly in 2014 after this YouTuber, singer contestant, and blossoming actor released TRXYE – EP, a wavy and surprisingly well produced EP which I slept on at the time, though if I had been up on this 5 track album, I think I would have considered it some of the best Pop of that year. If memory serves, 2014 really sucked for Synth Pop, with an abundance of copycat acts. While TRXYE – EP doesn’t reinvent the wheel in terms of Synth Pop or Alternative R&B, what it does do is present real fresh melodic notes, great beat patterns, and very satisfying vocals from the dynamic Sivan, as he invites us to a sometimes dark, sometimes bright, but always seductive sound.

A Dark Melancholic Mood Sets In For Songs About Apologies And Being Alone

On the slow jam “Gasoline”, the dark and melancholy notes blend well with beautifully brutal lyrics; “you deserve a forever / not a boy looking for better / but as long as you’re still here / I’ll try to keep you near.” I’m vibin’ off of the cool way that Troye Sivan delivers these honest lyrics of his, as he cries out in an aching voice, explaining that he definitely is the bad boy in the relationship, wanting to come clean to an ex about his regrets, and hoping that in his confession, he can be washed clean – yet, using gasoline. Thus, the water is interchangeable with gasoline – one to wash sins, one to ignite the heart – both metaphorical components of forgiveness and passion. Exploring again the darkly melancholic with “Happy Little Pill”, a subtly droning Electro Pop theme motors and fidgets perfectly through great digital instrumentation, and melodically ascends on a bright soaring string part where Sivan sings the hook “my happy little pill / take me away / dry my eyes / bring color to my skies / my sweet little pill / tame my hunger / lie within / numb my skin.” While I was pretty confident that this song referred to both the awesomeness and depressing comedowns that can accompany drug fueled party life, I discovered that Troye Sivan has stated that this song is actually about a dear friend’s battle with depression specifically, and how the song is a somewhat ambiguous reference to how all people suffering from depression and loneliness self medicate or practice risky behavior with hopes of feeling relief. This is why the song does come off to me as cool but consequential.

Innocence Lost And Innocent Moments

“Fun” actually sounds fun, with a hard buzzing beat and some video game inspired digital noise, with be a bold hook that really puts a sway in your step, though there are calmer echoing verses where we can contemplate Sivan’s isolated voice and lyrics; “yeah you gotta set them free, boy / 'cause you know that's what they need, boy / yeah you're gonna make them cry, boy / til' they put you in the ground, boy.” Confused? Well, the bridge further paints a picture of what I think is a military campaign; “all you gotta' do is trust that I'm being true / and do it for the people who love you.” This interpretation is further evidenced I feel on the hook; “sun, you and me in the old jeep / ridin' 'round town with our rifles on the front seat / fun, you and me in the Middle East / shootin' at rocks bullets cocked in the mid-day, sun.” I thus wonder if the bright sound with such off-putting lyrics is supposed to represent a grand dark comedy, since the language is the same used to train soldiers on how to dehumanize the enemy and place their own survival and that of their unit above everything else. It is supposed to sound like propaganda, with war depicted as this fun thing to bond over. Of course, innocence will eventually be lost in this scenario. Innocent words about first contact with a lover are what “Touch” is all about. While I wouldn’t place “Fun”’s sound with normal styles of the 2014 era, I would place the more EDM leaning track “Touch” in such a period. This track, produced by SLUMS, is thankfully not over the top on ‘drops’ (not a drop fan), and manages to mix squelching glitching digital accents with some smoother parts which at times approach Synthwave. The subject matter is more focused here on the yearning to feel another, finally; “night is young and we're living / hands move, moving steady / and the time is moving slower / I can feel we're getting closer.”

The Somberness Continues With One Special Song Really Kicked Off Sivan’s Musical Career

From the movie soundtrack of the same name, “The Fault In Our Stars (MMXIV)” explores heart wrenching territory as it speaks on loving in the space of limited time;“the pain / it's determined and demanding / to ache, but I'm okay / and I I don't wanna let this go / I don't wanna lose control / I just wanna see the stars with you.” The main characters are terminal and mostly hospital ridden, but enjoy love and connection with each other nonetheless. Troye Sivan’s delivery here is a little typical for my taste, following similar Pop lullaby melody lines, though there is some sophisticated notes which underscore certain parts – especially when the song asks an individual to ‘not give up’ for ‘just one more minute’, and though these words of encouragement are quite emotional, they also drive steadily on a somewhat positive note which continues and continues patiently. This is symbolic of their mutual need to support each other through a sickness that will eventually take them, but perhaps ‘not yet’, as the arrangement suggests. A very emotional ballad indeed, and just one more example of Troye Sivan’s range from the very onset of his career.

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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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Born

    1995-06-05

Active

    2006–present

Label

  • EMI Australia
  • Capitol