Troye Sivan Strips Back Queen’s “Somebody To Love”
Troye Sivan has been on a serious hot streak lately. His sophomore LP Bloom was one of the strongest pop releases this year. The 23-year-old is touring North America and makes an appearance in the forthcoming LGBT coming-of-age film, Boy Erased. He also contributed an original song called “Revelation” to the film’s soundtrack. It is quite a workload. But he somehow found time to hit the recording studio and put his own touch on Queen’s timeless “Somebody To Love.” The track arrived today (November 2) and coincides with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, a highly anticipated biopic starring Rami Malek. Produced by frequent collaborator Bram Inscore, the classic takes on a new life in the “Dance To This” crooner’s capable hands.
Going in a more electronic direction, Troye strips back some of the original’s exuberance. Over atmospheric reverb and a building production, he puts a more mellow spin on things. “I’m so beyond honored to have been asked to cover ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen, a masterful song by the most legendary band,” he said in a statement shared with Billboard. The hitmaker is in good company. Last month, Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger and 5 Seconds Of Summer tackled some of the iconic group’s material in honor of the film. Proceeds from sales of the songs will be donated to Mercury Phoenix Trust. Founded in honor of Freddie Mercury, the organization assists with the worldwide battle against HIV/AIDS.
Give Troye’s take on the iconic track a listen below!