This new Troye Sivan track “Take Yourself Home” is where the Australian singer-songwriter embraces something significant and musically different to that, which he has explored before. It certainly took me a few listens to gather up my thoughts about the profoundly, downbeat offering. By the same token, somehow, I was not in the least phased that Troye has chosen to begin a new era, not with a bang, but with a track (“Take Yourself Home“) which to its credit is diverse, and does stand apart from the majority of pop tracks which are being released at the moment.
The world crisis of COVID-19 has really made us stop and think, of what we hold dear to us. No matter how or what it is that helps with pushing ourselves through this extreme period in time. The uplifting effects of an upbeat song are only a short-term measure to help get us back on tracks, for a while. This Coronavirus is bigger than anything we have known or had to comprehend before. Coping and keeping our emotions in check all the time is a tough call. “Take Yourself Home” wasn’t specifically written in light of the current, escalating pandemic. Troye already had the track-prepped for release later this year.
“‘Take Yourself Home’ is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written,” says Troye. The song is kind of a pep talk with yourself, and the place you’re from. Grappling with your place in the world. I write these songs as a diary entry, then as life and places change, and relationships change, songs can take on a new meaning entirely. Clearly, that has happened for this song, with what is going on in the world right now.”
It is sobering to hear Troye take an honest stance. Bring out a wholly poignant and intensely emotive piece of art. In a music context, the track runs a gamut of styles. A fusion piece of soft sonics. A flourish of acoustic guitar thrums glued by melancholy beats which are latterly entangled with a charge of deep-electro making a fleeting appearance. The tracks, multifaceted nature certainly makes the offering an interesting one to listen to.
This return comes from a dark place, but there is some light surrounding the release as well. Troye has also launched three t-shirts, designed by @jacktaylorlovatt and @Lanning and sourced via Instagram, with all proceeds to be donated to WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief project. (Available to purchase at https://troyesivanshop.com/)
Music is Troye’s gift. The selfless way he is giving back to other artists, we stan.