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9 min readNov 7, 2023

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Australian singer Troye Sivan made a triumphant return this summer after a five-year hiatus with his fiery track Rush. This song served as a sizzling reacquaintance with Sivan, characterized by its upbeat tempo and boldly homoerotic vocal harmonies. With a relentless house beat and daring chants, Rush became an infectious dance-pop anthem, while its title cleverly alluded to a popular brand of poppers, a gay party drug, invoking a provocative comparison between intimacy and the sensations induced by such substances.

Shortly after his captivating comeback, Sivan released the single Got Me Started, which ingeniously incorporated a sample from the Australian electronic duo Bag Raiders’ Shooting Stars, known best from a 2016 meme. Got Me Started emerged as an instant earworm, skillfully blending a catchy two-step beat with nostalgic synth elements.

While tracks like Rush and Got Me Started epitomize the vibrant and energetic atmosphere of Sivan’s latest album, Something To Give Each Other, the standout track One of Your Girls reveals a more nuanced side of the record. This acoustic gem seamlessly merges spoken-word pre-choruses with a vocoder-infused melody reminiscent of Daft Punk.

One of Your Girls unflinchingly explores the theme of queer individuals harboring feelings for their heterosexual counterparts. The song exudes confidence in addressing these emotions as Sivan sings, “Give me a call if you ever get lonely, and I’ll be like one of your girls or your homies,” attempting to seduce a man who hasn’t had experiences with other men before.

The accompanying music videos for Rush and Got Me Started provided visually striking interpretations of the songs, accentuated by captivating…



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