Troye Sivan's shares home recording of 'Take Yourself Home'


Troye Sivan has just shared an evocative live performance of his new single “Take Yourself Home,” in a video that he and his bandmates shot in their respective homes, chatting with fans during its YouTube premiere. 

Originally set for release later this year, Troye considered the song in a new context as he headed home to Australia to self-isolate and decided to share it with fans early. #Take Yourself Home was the #1 trending hashtag worldwide on Twitter after its release on April 1. The track has amassed over 14 million cumulative global streams to date. On TikTok, views of #takeyourselfhome have surpassed seven million with fans posting over 3,000 videos inspired by the song. 

Realising that many freelance artists have struggled to find work in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Troye sourced many of the visual elements for “Take Yourself Home” from freelance artists via an Instagram post. Their work can be seen in the lyric video and a trio of t-shirts. The t-shirts, designed by @jacktaylorlovatt and @Lanning, are available for pre-order. All proceeds to be donated to WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief project.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. 

The Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project recommends verified organisations that offer financial relief to those in the music community. The project is currently partnering with Support Act, MusiCares, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, Centre National pour la Musique and Unison Benevolent Fund, and is adding more partners worldwide. 

The New York Times hailed “Take Yourself Home” as an “understatedly lush quasi-soul thumper.” PAPER observed, “It’s perhaps the first great song to come out of our collective apocalyptic state of mind during the COVID-19 outbreak.” Rolling Stone said, “The moody track is a darker sonic take on the synth-pop Sivan has been doing for years.” Pitchfork noted, “The single accumulates momentum as it goes-his cool sigh livened by gospel cries and a shuffling beat-ultimately taking itself out on a cleansing tech house outro. It’s a slow, surprising progression from chill pessimism to sweaty abandon.”

This week Troye will be appearing in Stonewall Gives Back! - a live-streaming concert for the LGBTQ+ nightlife community industry directly impacted by COVID-19. Hosted by Michelle Visage and Tyler Oakley, guests and performers at the event will include Alan Cumming, Allie X, Carlie Hanson, Darren Hayes, Kim Petras, Leland, Pabllo Vittar, Peppermint, Rufus Wainwright, Todrick Hall, and a special performance by Cyndi Lauper.

Set for Friday April 24 at 10am AEST / Thursday April 23 at 8pm PT, streaming live on World of Wonder’s YouTube channel WOWPresents, all proceeds from the event will go directly into a fund where industry professionals can apply for emergency relief via The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative.