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Troye Sivan’s Bloom and The Future of Queer Pop

Marvin Villanueva, Senior

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During the same exact year (2018) Janelle Monáe and Sophie release phenomenal records, Troye Sivan shows to be another force in queer pop. Bloom, Sivan’s sophomore effort, is a daring departure from 2015’s Blue Neighborhood and shows the true strength of his growth as an artist.

With a newly, structured pop sound, Sivan also flaunts a new attitude that is exquisitely translated in his music. This sediment is proven on the anthemic, title track alone where he belts “Come in baby, play me like a love song/every time it comes on/I get the sweet desire/I bloom just for you.” Here, not only is Sivan displaying his feelings towards his lover but also shows a new found confidence to the listener with a full-force, colorful vibrancy.

This vibrancy never ceases to fade all throughout the electro-pop driven Bloom. On “Dance To This,” Sivan illustrates his magnificent harmonies in its mellow, dance influenced sound, and on the boisterous “Lucky Strike,” the clats of percussion flow smoothly with Sivan’s vocals, it feels like complete perfection with its rich, inviting sound.

Troye Sivan’s romantic life is the main focus throughout the entire album. Living life as a twenty-three year old gay male, Sivan describes processing his coming out in a recent interview with Billboard stating: “Before coming out… I just really felt alone and kind of lost, and I just wasn’t experiencing life.”

Given all his experiences, Sivan is not afraid to wear his pride on his sleeve and speak freely about his life, baring his soul on tracks like the acoustic guitar driven “The Good Side,” where he sings “But I sympathize, and I recognize/and baby, I apologize/That I got the good side/The good side of things,” uncovering not only the downfall of the relationship he revealed on Blue Neighborhood, but revealing the fact that he got the better side of the situation by living as an openly gay male and learning how to have a healthy, stable relationship.

By exposing himself in this new light, Troye Sivan demonstrates as a beacon of hope for struggling LGBT youth and shines a voice of guidance they have never heard before. Along with this, Sivan also succeeds in providing one of the most elegant pop releases of the year that presents not merely a luscious array of sound, but proves the young, singer-songwriter’s sheer growth.

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