“All these songs I’m hearing are so heartless.”
—Twenty One Pilots, “Lane Boy”
Of the adjectives available for describing the musicianship of Twenty One Pilots, “heartless” would be far from fitting. Composed of Ohio natives Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, the duo’s latest album, Blurryface, has catapulted them to new levels of popularity. Since the album’s release in May of last year, they have accumulated numerous artist, album, and song of the year awards, secured their first single for a blockbuster film, and, as of July, surpassed one million sales in the United States—a remarkable achievement for such a young and eclectic musical career.
In many ways, their style defies categorization. Blurryface boasts a range of musical influences, including hip hop, piano rock, electronic synth, reggae, alternative rock, and the occasional ukulele. It shouldn’t work, but they have managed to find a cozy home in the hearts and minds of fans around the world. Certainly, some of their fame is rightly attributed to their wide-ranging style, but they have also proven that skillful wordplay speaks deeply to contemporary listeners.
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