‘WILD’ brings a twist to synthpop

Troye Sivan

For the three music videos created for some of these new songs, Sivan has created a story line between them.


For the three music videos created for some of these new songs, Sivan has created a story line between them.

Kiera Pendleton-White, Staff Writer

“WILD,” Troye Sivan’s latest project, makes great use of electronics when combining them with melodic vocals.

Sivan started out his singing career by performing on the Channel Seven Perth Telethon, a television fundraising event for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and the Telethon Kids Institute. He sang every year from 2006-2008. In 2008, Sivan also released his first Extended Play (EP) “Dare to Dream” on an independent label.

His second EP, “June Haverly,” was released in 2012 also under an independent label. A few months after that EP was released, Sivan started his vlogging career on YouTube. Previously, his YouTube channel was only used for his singing career.

In 2013, Sivan was signed to the music label Electric and Musical Industries (EMI) Australia and kept it a secret until 2014 when he released “TRXYE.”

On top of YouTube and music, Sivan has also dabbled in acting. He starred in a production of “Oliver!” as the part of Oliver Twist that was performed at the Regal Theatre.

The first song on the new EP is the namesake of the album, “WILD.” The song includes a children’s chorus that pipes in at different times in the song.

The lyrics “‘Cause when you look like that, I’ve never ever wanted to be so bad. Oh it drives me wild” conveys the idea that a person is driven crazy because of a relationship.

Another song on the album is “BITE.” In the beginning of the song, there is electronic layering that serves as the background to Sivan’s easy-going voice. In the chorus, the amount of electronics increase and it creates an ethereal sense. 

“WILD” also has songs that feature other artists such as Tkay Maidza, in the song “DKLA.”

“DKLA” has an interesting sound from the layering of the melody in different octaves. Then in the middle there is an impressive rap done by Maidza, which brings a nice contrast to the simple melody.

“WILD” is a great listen from start to finish, and the short length of the EP leaves a want for more. This album creates a fantastic mix of regular electronics and smooth vocals that are not normally found mixed with such backgrounds.

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