Release Date: Dec 4, 2015
Record label: Capitol
Genre(s): Pop, Electronic, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Club/Dance, Left-Field Pop
Everyone, it seems, loves Troye Sivan. He already sends hordes of teenage girls and boys into paroxysms, hanging on his every word and beat, but especially his kissable pouty lips on YouTube. His channel has more than 3.7 million subscribers, and he came out there via a suitably heartfelt, nervy video two years ago. He followed with videos espousing safe sex, a tremendously affecting film in support of his local children’s hospital in Perth, The Fault in our Stars.
Before his debut LP was even released, Troye Sivan was a star. One of the most popular YouTubers from Australia, he began a very savvy -- and millennial -- rollout campaign for his first album, Blue Neighbourhood. Relying on his army of social media followers, he released a trio of heartbreaking videos and a preview EP (Wild) to test the waters. The response was positive, to say the least, with Taylor Swift and Sam Smith preaching the Gospel of Troye.
Hundreds of millions of YouTube views aren't enough for Troye Sivan: The Australian vlogging phenom wants to be a pop star, too. This dreamy electro-pop debut is a strong start, as Sivan croons lyrics that could come from a John Green novel in soothing tones over lush synth backdrops. Many of the songs look back fondly at suburban teen romance ("Suburbia"); the sharper-edged highlight "Bite" adds a darker hue to the album's pastel palette.