Troye Sivan has done it again. After making his grand return with his liberating anthem “My My My!” last week, the 22-year-old is already back at it with “The Good Side,” the second and much gentler taste off of his upcoming sophomore album.
Warning: You might need a Kleenex after this one.
Gone are the joyous dance-pop pulsations, the Ariel Rechtshaid-produced track – which includes writing credits from longtime collaborator’s Leland and Allie X – sees Troye ditching the euphoric beats in favor of lonesome guitar melodies and earnest, lullaby-tinged crooning. The result is easily one of his most personal and intimate offerings yet, as Troye bares his soul and apologizes to an ex lover atop of a much more raw, organic production.
“That I sympathize, and I recognize/ And baby, I apologize/ That I got the good side/ The good side of things,” he sings on the chorus, channeling a bit of Sufjan Stevens‘ sorrowful balladry. Sure, the subject matter indeed suggests that Troye‘s headed to a very dark place – but he’s not! The bridge: “I’m sure we’ll meet in the spring/ And catch up on everything/ I’ll say I’m proud of all that you’ve done/ You taught me the ropes, and you taught me to love.”
That’s closure, my friends. Closure! It’s a beautifully sad thing, but undeniably good. You can catch Troye as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on January 20th, where he’s set to perform “The Good Side” and “My My My!” live for the first time.