"Animal is one of my fave songs I’ve ever written," Sivan tweeted about the song. "I wanted to make an epic, timeless love song about how whipped i am."
Equal parts soft and cinematic, it taps into the animal within all of us (no pun intended). We are, after all, just that. Vulnerable, carnal, and nurturing beings. As Sivan demonstrates, tapping into that not only causes us to be more self-aware but allows us to express our innermost thoughts and desires to others, even if unrequited.
While we have to wait until August 31 to hear Bloom in its entirety, it's time to give Sivan credit, where credit is due. With every single from this album, he's managed to do what so many musicians today have failed at: he's produced an album that touches on the wide spectrum of emotion—one that includes joy, sadness, and everything in between.
Yes, these are your textbook definitions of "perfect pop songs" but they pack a relatable punch with every listen. There is also something to be said about Sivan's own artistic growth; the boy we first fell in love with on Blue Neighborhood is all grown up on Bloom. More than simple hype, Sivan's music is changing the way we listen to music, and that in itself deserves all the praise.