TALK ME DOWN- Troye Sivan (SSJ #19)

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Today’s slow jam is by none other than Troye Sivan, an Australian actor-turned-Youtuber-turned-singer. A triple threat in the entertainment industry, he has been producing quality music since the release of his extended play (EP), TRXYE, which came out back in 2014. He returned the following year in late 2015, with his EP Wild, of which he also made a music video trilogy for three of his songs on it.

The one that I’m presenting to you, “Talk Me Down,” is the third and last part to the trilogy. The other two, “Wild” and “Fools,” are excellent as well, but this particular track is one that I find the most profound. With a slower tempo and more brooding lyrics, Troye Sivan sings of a sort of unrequited love, possibly heartbreak, that he feels towards the person that he loves. These feelings are put into perspective in the music video, in which his love interest struggles between wanting and rejecting him, due to the nature of their relationship (as it is a same-sex one).

Admittedly, I do find the opening lyrics a bit strange (aka I can’t make sense of the logic), with the first two lines starting off as:

“I wanna sleep next to you
But that’s all I wanna do right now…”

So Troye is singing that he desires to be near this person, this loved one. However, it is very odd that he uses the conjunction “but” to connect the two lines, as “but” is meant for negating, or contradicting what is said in the previous line. Aside from that minor grammatical confusion, the rest of the song flows with beautiful images of “3 am shadows,” “gray areas and expectations,” and so forth. One of my favorite lines is when he sings:

“And I wanna get close to you
Cause your hands and lips still know their way around…”

…and that extra “mm” he ad-libs at the end of “around” is absolutely swoon-worthy. So sexy… 

I won’t spoil much more of the synopsis of the music video trilogy, as I have already briefly mentioned that it’s about a forbidden relationship between two boys. Watch the videos, and I guarantee you that you’ll find them beautiful (aesthetically and symbolically). Give them a try, will you? Enjoy! 🙂

— The Finicky Cynic

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6 thoughts on “TALK ME DOWN- Troye Sivan (SSJ #19)

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