The singer stood stoic on a fog-lined stage, crooning softly over piano, organ, cymbal swells and the strains of a string quartet. He utilized a minimal stage presentation, clasping the microphone with his face obscured in shadow.
Sivan co-wrote “Revelation” with Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, which he told Rolling Stone was a “dream collaboration.” The song appears on the soundtrack to Joel Edgerton’s recently released film drama Boy Erased, in which Sivan co-stars alongside Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
The movie follows Jared (Hedges) – the son of a Baptist pastor – who is outed as gay to his parents and sent to a conversation therapy camp. “[The scene] we wrote [‘Revelation’} to is a super pure, beautiful moment and the sky doesn’t come crashing down on Jared,” Sivan said. “It’s a revolution and a revelation to him that maybe it isn’t this bad after all.”
“Revelation” follows Sivan’s second LP, Bloom, which he released in August.