14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blurryface is an apt title for a duo whose musical identity is tricky to make out. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have been scuffing the lines between rock, hip-hop and electro since 2011, and now they’ve added reggae, dubstep and folk-rock stomps to the mix. What gives the sonic zig-zagging focus is Joseph’s candour–whether he’s consumed by love (“Tear In My Heart”) or wrestling with which direction to take his songwriting (“Lane Boy”), listening to him unpick his troubles is consistently compelling.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Blurryface is an apt title for a duo whose musical identity is tricky to make out. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have been scuffing the lines between rock, hip-hop and electro since 2011, and now they’ve added reggae, dubstep and folk-rock stomps to the mix. What gives the sonic zig-zagging focus is Joseph’s candour–whether he’s consumed by love (“Tear In My Heart”) or wrestling with which direction to take his songwriting (“Lane Boy”), listening to him unpick his troubles is consistently compelling.

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4.8 out of 5
13.3K Ratings
13.3K Ratings
coolbrees09

this is pure perfection

my ears have never been graced by something so beautiful

loudontheinside

RUOQGSAHDFIJWQPGR SICK AS FRICK

|-/ ITS GONNA BE AMAZING. TEAR IN MY HEART AND FAIRLY LOCAL ARE AMAZING ALREADY

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:')

THIS WILL BE THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO YOU

About twenty one pilots

twenty one pilots' cathartic, kitchen-sink style—which folds in alt-rock, reggae, electronic music, and rap—is one of the most unique, unclassifiable commercial sounds of the 2010s. Formed by friends Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas, and Chris Salih in Columbus, Ohio, the band took its name from Arthur Miller's play All My Sons, in which a contractor knowingly sends off faulty airplane parts to Europe during World War II, resulting in the death of 21 pilots. The band self-released two albums before making the leap to a subsidiary of Warner Music Group in 2012, shuffling ranks along the way before settling on singer-songwriter Joseph and drummer Josh Dun as its core members. As a duo, they delved further into the idiosyncrasies of their sound—characterized by a minimal blend of keyboards, driving drums, and playful, self-probing lyrics—winning a Grammy in 2017 for their single “Stressed Out.” In 2018, they released the heavily anticipated Trench.

A practicing Christian, Joseph credits his faith—and the sustained internal dialogue that comes with it—as a source of inspiration, using his art as a platform to wrestle directly with his demons. Touring behind 2015’s Blurryface, for example, he covered his neck and arms with black greasepaint on stage—a visualization of his insecurities. That honesty has earned the band a remarkably dedicated fanbase. “I never would have turned to music if I didn’t feel like I need to work on something or change or cope with something,” Joseph told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in the weeks before releasing Trench. “I think that I was perfectly fine before music, and then something happened where I just felt, like, a buildup of some sort. And I didn’t know how to release that. I didn’t know how to decompress that and to have an outlet for it. And I was forced to learn how to play the piano.”

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