Troye Sivan gets lucky
Taken from Bloom – the second studio album by Troye Sivan – Lucky Strike continues to explore the lush instrumentation and dance-ability that epitomises this phase of Sivan’s career.
Lucky Strike was written by Sivan, working with producer Alex Hope.
As the commercial success of Bloom continues, Sivan has now released a music video for Lucky Strike – immersing us in a colour-drenched sun-scape beach-side fantasy.
You can sense a growing confidence in Sivan. Sivan is showing the world how to be an authentic pop-star, simply by being himself, and writing songs that reflect his experience and his point of view.
Sivan has been working hard in the entertainment industry since about the age of 11, when he started appearing in television shows in Australia where he grew up. He talked publicly about being gay in a YouTube video, when he was about 18 - he’d told his family a few years before that.
What’s particularly appealing about Sivan, is that he’s not trying to project some sort of hyper-masculine image - the sexual awakening that he seems to be exploring through the music of his album Bloom has an undeniably queer aesthetic.
You get the sense that Sivan has always had a fairly clear and unapologetic view of who he is. What’s fantastic is that it’s working for him – Bloom hit the top of the charts and was widely considered to be among the best releases of 2018. It’s not just the LGBTQ community that are buying Sivan’s music, he’s a major star with wide appeal.
After picking up a Golden Globe nomination for the track Revelation from the film Boy Erased – in which Sivan also made his major acting debut – there were hopes that he would also land an Oscar nomination. Sadly, this was not to be.
It’s hard to articulate how powerful it is to have queer role models such as Troye Sivan. For young LGBTQ people to be able to support and idolise a successful musician who not only shares a lot of their experiences, but also sings about them - it’s a total game-changer from when pop-stars had to remain in the closet for fear of damaging their career.