“TRXYE” is the debut EP from Troye Sivan, the 19-year-old Perth artist who has confounded expectations with the release of his minimalist, beat-driven brand of dark pop. “TRXYE,” which was released on August 15 and debuted at #5, offers up five tracks of rich, atmospheric pop: a genre-smashing blend of beats, ballads and influences, a sonic tapestry drawing from a love of Lana Del Rey to Frank Ocean to Grimes.
Realized alongside emerging Perth production duo SLUMs and the studio skills of mixers Tom Elmhirst and Jason Cox (who have shaped hits for Gorillaz, Adele, Empire of the Sun and many more), “TRXYE” is the sound of a young artist announcing himself.
The lead track from the EP, “Happy Little Pill,” is a heady introduction of airy and willful glitches combined with Troye’s rich vocals. The video for “Happy Little Pill,” directed by Jeremy Koren (Grey Ghost), was revealed in August through Troye’s tumblr and already has more than a million and a half views.
Troye has developed a huge online profile via his videos/vlogs, but “TRXYE” sees him confidently defining a sound and aesthetic all his own. Fans have already had a taste of Troye’s music via 2013’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” a track revisited and reworked on “TRXYE.” The song is already a sleeper hit, selling 100,000 around the world, with all proceeds from the song donated to a Perth children’s hospital.
Troye Sivan is only just getting started, and he has plans to make his mark on the musical landscape. “I can honestly say that I made the music I wanted to make,” he says. “That’s how I sleep at night. I’ve already started writing the album. It’s just going to get better and better.”
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