Shy Troy traces the loss of childhood innocence on ‘Plastic Chairs’

Firstly, if you haven’t already listened to Lavender, the new EP from Shy Troy, stop what you’re doing and go listen to it now. With the release of his debut EP, the Melbourne-based artist has immediately established his far-reaching musical vision; one completely unbound by genre.

Sonically, the EP is unreal; it plays out like a narcotised daydream. But it also packs quite a lyrical punch. The EP’s penultimate track Plastic Chairs is a prime example of this — here, Troy reflects on themes of childhood and lost innocence, delivering the Lavender‘s most heartfelt cut.

Lavender, the new EP from Shy Troy, is full of heartfelt genre-bending gems. Perhaps none more so than Plastic Chairs.

Beginning with a soulful indie-style guitar line, the track is driven by a grounded, earnest energy. From here, sparing electronic beats and woozy vocals are woven through, adding further layers of texture.

But the most impressive aspect of Shy Troy’s music is the marriage of concept and sound. It feels as though each minor piece of instrumentation has been chosen to push forward the underlying themes and ideas. On Plastic Chairs, as we are guided through a subtly heartbreaking story of lost childhood ambition, Troy presents a growing soundscape; one that slowly unfurls itself, but is ultimately anchored by a looming feeling of desolation.

This cross-section between lived lyrical content and carefully considered production results in a real musical gut punch. But while the overarching story follows the acquiescence of childhood innocence, Troy’s refusal to let go (with lyrics like “forever afraid of the dark”) instils a sense of hope.

Listen to Plastic Chairs above, and check out the full Lavender EP here.