Top image: Troye Sivan for HERO 13, photographed by Fabien Kruszelnicki
Late last week, Troye Sivan shared an Instagram post with a caption: “We’re going rogue”. Tagging his record label, the Australian pop star said that he had “just decided” he would like to release new music, and also to use his music video budget to pay freelance artists, currently struggling through a global pandemic with little to no government support.
“This is a tough and scary time and I feel so lucky to have music and art to get me through emotionally”, he wrote, explaining that he had “no idea” when the song would come out – but that it would be “soon as hell”. Just a few days later, these promises have come to fruition: new single ‘Take Me Home’ will now be available worldwide next Wednesday, April 1st.
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WE’RE GOING ROGUE. @capitolrecords @emimusicau I WOULD LIKE TO RELEASE NEW MUSIC I JUST DECIDED. FREELANCE ARTISTS (GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, ANIMATION ARTISTS) HMU I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU AND TAKE THE MONEY I WOULD BE SPENDING ON MUSIC VIDEOS AND GIVE IT TO YOU. THIS IS A TOUGH AND SCARY TIME AND I FEEL SO LUCKY TO HAVE MUSIC AND ART TO GET ME THROUGH EMOTIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY AND I WANT TO SHARE THAT SO BAD. I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THIS SONG IS GONNA COME OUT BC I HAVEN’T REALLY SPOKEN TO ANYONE ABOUT IT YET BUT ITS GONNA BE SOON AS HELL
In the meantime, Sivan has also been sharing grainy, conceptual artworks, lyric sheets and photoshoot images on his Instagram, building anticipation around the release – his first standalone single since 2018’s Somebody To Love, a hazy interpolation of Bohemian Rhapsody whose proceeds were donated to Freddie Mercury’s HIV charity.
Other artists have shared this sentiment of music easing the emotional toil of lockdown, with some choosing to live-stream concerts and push forward their album release dates. That’s not the only way to get musical mid-lockdown, either: the likes of Fender and Moog have shared free-to-use apps, geared towards musicians looking to polish their skills during quarantine. In the meantime, it’s worth keeping an eye on Sivan’s page – fans have been speculating around the April Fool’s Day release date, so stay tuned to see just how “rogue” he goes.