Single Review: Troye Sivan & Jónsi – Revelation

Troye Sivan Revelation

Troye Sivan releases Boy Erased soundtrack with Jónsi
Troye Sivan is an extremely busy bee this year. After starting the year with his single ‘My My My’, the full album Bloom followed in September. Since then he also featured on the 90s throwback ‘1999’ by Charli XCX. Today we get to hear another brand new track by the Australian pop star and actor. He will star in the movie Boy Erased for which he also recorded the soundtrack with Jónsi from Sigur Rós.

On Bloom, Troye Sivan incorporated some more acoustic elements into his sound, leaving behind the synth driven ballads of his debut. ‘Revelation’ is sonically most similar to his track ‘The Good Side’, but I dare to go as far as saying it is his best ballad yet. The production by long time collaborator Leland is simply stunning. It breathes a fragile, yet distantly hopeful vibe , starting out with piano, but building up to a full blown atmospheric chorus. Sivan is sometimes criticized for a lack of emotion in his vocals, but he perfectly expresses the longing and insecurity of the lyrics here. Boy Erased is a movie about a young guy that is sent to conversion therapy by his religious parents to ‘heal’ his sexuality. The lyrics are written from the perspective of the main character with the moment he has his first intimate moment with another guy in mind. “It’s a revelation, there is no hell in what I’ve found…as you liberate me now and the walls come down.” Those are some powerful lyrics that give me all the feels and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. Is Troye Sivan going to challenge Lady Gaga at the Oscars in 2019!?

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