Troye Sivan tells himself to go home on moving and refreshing new single
Troye Sivan dropped his sophomore record Bloom back in the summer 2018, but was never far out of sight in the year after. He recorded the song ‘Revelation’ for the movie Boy Erased and appeared on tracks by Charli XCX, Allie X and Lauv. He seems to be ready to kick off the next era in his career, as he launches a brand new solo single titled ‘Take Yourself Home’, produced by OZGO and co-written by the singer himself, OZGO, Leland en Tayla Parx.
Sivan shared on social media that the song marked a scary moment for him, as it is him being honest about happiness (or the lack thereof) in his life. He explains how he realized things did not work out for him and that he needed to go home to see his family and friends. “I’m tired of the city, scream if you’re with me, if I’m gonna die, let’s die somewhere pretty”, he sings over a stripped back guitar rhythm that gradually starts to build into a subtle beat with some deep bass tones. The track properly breaks open during the chanting in the post chorus, which is easily the catchiest part of the tune.
Those who were expecting something as catchy as ‘My My My!’ might need to adjust their expectations slightly, as ‘Take Yourself Home’ is in no way a straightforward bop. The melodies of this atmospheric piece of alt-pop take a little longer to leave an impression, but the production is memorable from the first moment on. There is a quite unexpected house-infused outro that might leave you confused the first moment it hits, but once the melodies and the chanting join in, it actually makes for a quite exciting closure to an otherwise understated pop tune. Troye Sivan did not take the easy route with this one, but the single sure leaves me intrigued to see where this era is heading.