Media Review: Angel Baby

Emily Engoran '24, Guest Writer

Once again, Troye Sivan has blessed our ears with his new single, “Angel Baby.” Following last year’s release of his EP, “IN A DREAM,” on September 9th, Sivan released this romantic ode exploring a new sound in his artistry.

You may recognize the name ‘Troye Sivan’ if you were an avid YouTuber fan around the 2012-2016 internet era. He maintained notability during his days making vlogging and singing content on his YouTube channel, as well teaming up with many famous Youtubers, like Joey Graceffa or Tyler Oakley. From there, Sivan’s popularity on YouTube grew exponentially, eventually garnering him 7 million subscribers on the platform. Sivan then took to recording studios to release his debut EP, “TRXYE” in August of 2014, featuring his breakout hit “Happy Little Pill.”

Now that you’re up to speed, let’s talk about “Angel Baby.”

The first thing you may notice if you are an avid listener of Troye Sivan is that he references music he previously made in his recent songs. Lyrical references within the song like, “You came out the blue on a rainy night, no lie,” hints at Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood album. Also, “And maybe we can play house for the weekend” refers to Troye’s 2018 album, “Bloom,” featuring “What A Heavenly Way To Die,” where he talks about making a house with his significant other.

More specifically, Sivan references the song “HEAVEN” from his Blue Neighbourhood album in his new release. Both the music production and lyrics of “Angel Baby” seem to be a sequel to “HEAVEN,” which talks about Sivan’s struggles with his sexuality and its conflicts with religion. In “HEAVEN,” Sivan considers not going to Heaven altogether so he can be his true self, as many religions believe that members of the LGBTQ+ community will go to Hell. Lyrics in “Angel Baby” hint at its predecessor, including, “Pull me from hell bring me back again” and “Until you gave up heaven so we could be together”. These lyrics in “Angel Baby” express how Sivan’s significant other has given up going to Heaven for him. The music production in both songs emulates an airy, magical feel. The songs create a feeling of floating through the sky, yet “HEAVEN” has a more sad undertone, while “Angel Baby” shows Sivan finally finding comfort in himself and a significant other.

Troye Sivan fans should definitely enjoy a heavenly sequel to his previous songs about his personal struggles. To anyone still not sure of who Troye Sivan is, go Google him. Right now.