Troye Sivan’s EP, In a Dream, broke barriers regarding equality not only in the LGBTQ+ community but the heterosexual community, too. Sivan’s “Easy,” concentrates on leading a double life in both worlds and struggling with self-identity within one’s sexuality. The initial song was already impressive in its sound and originality. However, collaborators, Kacey Musgraves and Mark Ronson add to the song by introducing a different perspective to the story. Musgraves lends a woman's viewpoint to the piece and an outside perspective on identity crisis. Overall, challenging the norms of womanhood and society, saying she’s “not a saint.” Ronson provides slightly different background music compared to the original. Ronson’s version is quicker, like most of his remixes are, and since the initial song was fast, there was little he could offer. “Easy” talks about a man finding himself while still being with a woman. Musgraves and Sivan play these parts well as they’re already opposite stylistically, but their voices joining together is brilliant. The two bring a sense of unity and a powerful message of equality. The collaboration is a leap in progression with the music industry, as pop and country are two opposite genres. Although it’s not the first time a collaboration like this has been done, it spreads hope for a future of equality through a stylistic lens. The two coming together seems improbable as the artist’s collaborations in the past don’t compare to “Easy.” “Glittery” from The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show Soundtrack is slower. Again, this collaboration is a metaphor, even the title itself. “Glittery” has a more feminine connotation, and the two use the word to their advantage, explaining how their love interests make them feel inside. This song was just another celebration of equality and love.
“When you see me out/I hope the taste in your mouth/Is still as sweet as I wish it could be”Sivan’s music has always belonged in the pop genre with his upbeat and catchy lyrics. Much of the artist’s music talks about issues appealing to younger audiences like breakups and individuality. But Ronson blended in new country, giving the song a fresh feel. The remix isn’t poor, and it’s superior to the original as it’s more upbeat. This is one of the few remixes Ronson has been a part of that sounds nearly the same as the original song. Because the initial song was already so well done, adding on to the song was a bold move but was accomplished decently. The remix provided little in how the piece sounds compared to the original. There’s slightly different background music.
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