Bloom, Troye Sivan‘s starry-eyed sophomore album, may have just blossomed this Friday (Aug. 31), but we’re already being treated to covers from fellow artists who adore the album. Kelsea Ballerini shared a sweetly-sung acoustic cover of Bloom opener “Seventeen,” taking to Instagram yesterday (Sep. 3) to upload her country-hued rendition of the song.
“smitten with this song on @troyesivan new record. #Seventeen #ILOVEHIM,” she captioned the post on Instagram.
In her twangy take on “Seventeen,” Ballerini reserves Sivan’s deeply vulnerable, perhaps controversial storytelling without watering it down. The “I Hate Love Songs” singer has a knack for adding a down-home flair to a parade of pop hits, previously covering tracks like Taylor Swift’s “Delicate,” and the Khalid and Halsey-featuring Benny Blanco production “Eastside.”
Leading up to the release of Bloom, Sivan had expressed concerns over how “Seventeen” — which chronicles an underage exploration into the world of queer hook-up culture — would be received by the public.
“I’m worried because I don’t want to ever come across that I’m condoning that or anything like it,” he told Billboard in June. “But I felt, greater than all of those worries, a responsibility to tell that true story — of the curious gay kid who puts himself in some kind of shady situation to find a connection, like all of us crave.”
From the looks of it, Sivan has found that connection.
Watch Ballerini’s rendition of “Seventeen” below: