As I’m sure you know by now, I have a place in my heart for the talents of Troye Sivan and as he just released his new music video I obviously had to write about it! I was already in love with this song, especially after seeing multiple videos of him performing it live; his enthusiasm for ‘Youth’ is impossible to ignore. It’s only been out for a day and already it has almost 1.5 million views!
It’s a very fun and cute-sy video with lots of aspects that I loved wholeheartedly, one of which is the fact that it really fits the song well. I know that this is probably a very obvious statement to make but for me it just felt really true to the song and like it was doing it justice; Troye is showing the fun you can have in your youth and the positive vibes which accompany it when you’re surrounded by your friends. When I hear this song, I think of sitting around with my friends and letting loose, having a good time without a care in the world and just feeling happy.
Going back to what I said earlier, it is obvious to me that this song is a real passion-project for Troye. He is clearly elated throughout the video and outside of it on social media, performing it for Ellen, The Tonight Show, Elvis Duran and I’m sure many others as well. That is something I love in an artist. When I can tell that a musician loves what they’re doing and that there’s a sense of meaning behind their music, it makes me feel warm inside. It’s like a little window into their soul that they’re letting us look in on their lives through. ‘YOUTH’ is definitely one of his less serious songs from ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ and I like this because it gives a bit of an uplift from the more heavy tones of ‘FOOLS’, ‘HEAVEN’ and ‘DKLA’ while still fitting in with the vibe of the album. Seeing Troye being happy, watching him embrace himself unapologetically, it gives me a sense of pride not only on his behalf but also for all the LGBT teens watching this.
Another thing I loved about it was the representation and normalisation of LGBT relationships. Of course, this is to be expected of Troye’s videos as is evidenced by past music videos, the ‘Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy’, but that doesn’t make it any less important! Showing gay couples just integrated into a very teen environment and it not being displayed as something outside of the norm is vital in all types of media. This sort of casual representation is not only nice for LGBT members but is also a way of not making them feel isolated and showing that it’s possible for non-straight couples to be accepted by society in a way that doesn’t make their whole lives about their sexuality or gender. Not only was there Troye and his ‘boyfriend’ being all adorable and carefree, there is also a lesbian couple who I was rooting for throughout the whole 3 minute video. As well as this, he included an actual LGBT celebrity, Amandla Stenberg (aka one of my favourite human beings), and I felt that this was a nice touch.
Basically, I loved it – that’s all there is to it. From the cinematography to the ‘plot’ to Troye’s voice (which was, as usual, amazing) there wasn’t a single aspect which I disliked. Hopefully in the near future he will continue creating these music videos because in my opinion, Troye Sivan is going to become a very influential voice within the LGBT community sometime soon. I can’t wait until that happens.
My previous Troye writings if you’re interested: