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Album Preview: Katy Perry Has Found Her "SMILE" Once Again

After a two-year hiatus, Perry’s sixth studio album is a triumphant yet authentic return to the industry stage.

Girl with Micro Braids

APRIL 20, 2020

At last, the long awaited single from Troye Sivan is released! Since Bloom in 2018, Troye has released a few singles here and there, nearly all of them being features for other artists' albums, as well as two singles for the soundtracks of the films Boy Erased and Bohemian Rhapsody. However, “Take Yourself Home” is the first official Troye Sivan release since August 31 of 2018. That’s a pretty big deal. I’ve loved Troye Sivan since the Youtube days and Blue Neighborhood, and I’ve absolutely exhausted both Bloom and Blue Neighborhood, and yearned for more from him since Bloom’s release. When he announced his new single, a single that wasn’t for another artist’s album or just a one-off release, I was ecstatic. The internal hype was real, and let me just say, I wasn’t disappointed. 

There’s this phenomenon that I’ve noticed--if Troye wrote a song, you’ll know it when you hear it. Beyond his beautiful and distinctly recognizable voice, it’s this certain way of writing that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s an incredibly specific sound that is uniquely Troye. The tenth track on BTS’s newest album, “Louder Than Bombs”, is a good example of this. While entirely performed by BTS, it has that sparkle, that specific quality. Can you hear it? It’s Troye. In an Instagram Live, Troye plays the song and says “I wrote this song so long was so surreal to hear this for the first time…”. Not only is Troye an incredible performer, he is a fantastic songwriter, and I cannot get enough of his music. 

“Take Yourself Home” is a fresh take on that signature and oh-so-perfect Troye Sivan sound. It’s exactly the right mix of gentleness and dancibility, of low-fi hip hop and pop, and is both similar enough to his usual style, and different enough to keep things interesting. While it’s darker in both content and tone than his usual, the soft acoustic accompanied by the mysterious synth is a harmonious combination that gives the song many layers. About three and a half minutes in, however, everything switches to the outro. It’s arguably the best part of the song, from the drum samples to the vocal synthesis. It’s a dark-pop, EDM-inspired masterpiece and I love every second of it. 

Troye Sivan’s new single is an amazing addition to an already fantastic discography, and I can’t wait to hear more. 

Troye Sivan


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