Oh, Troye Sivan. A classic Australian Youtuber-turned pop star and idol to the LGBTQ+ community. Going against his label's plans amidst coronavirus quarantine, Sivan released "Take Yourself Home" early April, a dance track that was the first solo follow-up to his 2018 album Bloom, which opened at number 4 on the US Billboard 200. Prior to Bloom, Troye Sivan debuted with the album BLUE NEIGHBORHOOD which was a career starting album that beautifully encapsulated coming-of-age (at least in my dramatic middle school self's opinion). Now, let's talk about "Take Yourself Home."
In Troye Sivan's own words (or, Instagram caption, I guess) he said, "We wrote a sad dance track w[ith] a housey outro, and it's out everywhere in the world now." "Sad dance track" seems to be a common theme for Sivan, both used in the past on albums Bloom and BLUE NEIGHBORHOOD. In this track, Sivan creates a groovy beat layered with melodic vocals, creating a cold-yet-warm song that he does so well. Throughout the song, the beat picks up (and I even found myself head-bopping about halfway through) layering instruments and vocals. He wasn't lying about the "housey outro," which was well done, despite slightly disrupting the flow of the song. Because of the outro, Intersect gives the sound a 9/10 on the 1-10 rating scale.
There's no doubt that Troye Sivan lacks in the vocal category. He has a beautiful voice that was most certainly showcased on "Take Yourself Home." The vocals blended well with the instrumentals, sounding like an instrument himself. The breathy, layered vocals were the perfect match for the song, deserving a 10/10 on the Intersect 1-10 rating scale.
THE ART BEHIND THE SINGLE
Though at first glance the lyrics seem depressing, "Take Yourself Home" is brutally honest in the soul-searching it discusses. “The song is kind of a pep talk with yourself and the place you’re from. Grappling with your place in the world" reflects Sivan. Even the title references returning to your roots or finding your roots. During this time especially, we all are returning to our roots in some way, being forced to spend time with ourselves and those close to us. Troye Sivan's poetic, diary-style writing is something that never fails to disappoint. Because of this, Intersect gives the art a 10/10 on the 1-10 rating scale.
IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU'LL ALSO LIKE
If you like the dance-style sound: "Dance to This" from the Bloom album
If you like the melancholy lyrics about being out of place: "Happy Little Pill" from Trxye EP
In total, intersect gives "Take Yourself Home" a 9.5/10. Troye Sivan went big on this one, using his old style with new aspects to create one of his best songs yet. Listen below.