It's Troye Sivan's year. If this past January's "My My My!" single cemented him as a budding gay icon, his latest release, "Bloom," is his grand flowering.
"Bloom," however, is not about flowers. He can tell Dazed all he wants that it is, but there's a cheeky wink to it all. So let's just cut to the chase: "Bloom" is about gay sex. There's no beating around the bush with this one. The metaphors are all there: gardens, watering, rollercoaster rides, fountains. It's gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay! And honestly, it's all the better for it. Expect more of this when Sivan releases his follow-up to 2015's Blue Neighbourhood later this year.
Now, let's take a minute to appreciate how 20GAYTEEN is really living up to its name. Like, we have this song, Years & Years' "Sanctify," and Hayley Kiyoko's debut album that features plenty of lesbian romance and lust. It's a wonderful time for queer music. Not only are queer people finally getting the representation in mainstream music that's been long overdue, queer artists are moving straight to the front of the line, dominating trending charts, covering magazines, and killing the streaming game. The rest of the world may be falling to pieces, but, at least, we have 20GAYTEEN to keep us dancing.