I admit, I didn’t really know much about Troye Sivan when I received his EP WILD to review. I knew he was a Youtuber, but I am not really into the Youtube community so that was all I knew so far. Which is good, because knowing too much about an artist can cloud your judgement and now I was just going to listen to a fresh new artist I had never heard about before. Brilliant.
WILD was released in anticipation of Troye’s first full-length album Blue Neighbourhood, which will be released in December 2015. The research I have done also told me that Troye has a very loyal fanbase, which, in combination with really good music can be a great recipe for a potential new popstar.
But what does the EP sound like? I have reviewed it for you and at the end of the article, you will find out how you can win a copy of the EP.
The EP actually has a story, which is very rare for contemporary pop music. The EP tells the story of falling in love, being in love and eventually the break up. I liked this concept, because it meant that it wasn’t just an EP filled with good pop songs intended to just be a single. I am a sucker for stories, especially good stories, so Troye scored some major points there. Three of the songs have accompanying videos and these videos are also not stand-alone clips but they visualise the story as a trilogy, only not as long-winded as the Lord of The Rings was.
Wild is the first song on the EP and the first video in the trilogy. It starts with a choir of kids singing. I was surprised when Troye started singing, as his voice is very pure and carries the song well. The lyrics perfectly describe what it is like to be in the first stages of love, when the person you adore is all you care about and is the most beautiful human being you have ever laid your eyes on. He perfectly manages to express that desire. The video shows how the love came to be and I would like to point out that I find it incredibly refreshing to see that Troye, who happens to be gay, does not pretend to be straight to appeal to the masses.
Fools is the third song on the EP, but the second one in the trilogy so I want to discuss that first. It is probably my favourite song on the entire EP. The start of the song has a very Lana Del Rey’ish vibe. From the piano beginning to the insanely catchy chorus. The song describes that doubt that anyone who has been in love knows well. How a lover does not treat you the way you should be treated and you wonder why you fell for him/her in the first place. This is a great song.
The following song is not on the EP yet, but I wanted to include it because this trilogy is very well done.
On to the other songs on the EP.
Bite is a heavily auto-tuned song talking about that passion of lovers. It sounds a bit mysterious and all over the place, but not in a bad way. It takes some time getting used to, but that is very refreshing to me.
Ease is a drum-heavy song featuring Georgie Notts from the band Broods. It is more up-tempo than most of the songs on the album.
The Quiet is more like Bite, only more laid back. Troye does not use any vocal acrobatics in his songs, which he doesn’t need. His voice sounds very dreamy on this track, especially accompanied by the music.
DKLA features Tkay Maidza. It starts with what sounds like rain or a shower. It is once again a slightly auto-tuned song with a mysterious touch. The rap break is a nice addition to the song.
Troye’s EP is great when you want to listen to music with great lyrics and beats that make it perfect for when you are just want to listen and get lost inside the music. I am very curious about his full-lenght album coming out soon.
Do you want to win WILD?
Universal Music has given me three copies of the EP to give away. Do you want to win one of them? It’s very simple. Just comment on this article and let me know that you want it and preferably also why. I will pick the winners on Friday the 13th of November (no bad luck included). Make sure that you also fill in your email-address (not visible for other visitors) so that I can contact you when you are the winner. I would also appreciate, but this is not mandatory, if you’d follow me on Twitter and if you’d like The Sassologist on Facebook.