Sunday, 15 May 2016

Single of the Week - Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out - recap

My new single of the week is the brilliant 'Stressed Out' by Twenty One Pilots.

This is such a catchy song when you get into it. When it first starts though, you wonder what it is then it kicks in and you start to recognise it. Even now, I don't immediately recognise it when it starts, and that's after getting to know it quite well. Its a sneaky one this - sort of creeps up on you , and you go "oh, its that song".

Back to the band - Twenty One Pilots are an American band. This single is from their fourth album, which was released in 2015 and was called "Blurryface" which is referenced in the lyrics. Personally, I had never heard of them until this song.

Judging by the lyrics, this is a song about growing up / getting old. The lines "Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days, when our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out" suggest that its a bit of a melancholy look back at childhood from the eyes of an adult. Its actually quite poignant.

The band are a duo, and their style is a bit indie, a bit hip hop, a bit electro pop - some kind of rapping in places makes this quite an edgy track. Its the sort of electro backing sounds that make this stand out, as well as the catchy hook. Its an unusual song, but it grows on you. They are a hard band to pigeon hole, as they seem to have a bit of a nod to most music genre's based on this track.

Doing a bit of research into this band, its interesting where they got their name from. Apparently its from the Arthur Miller play All My Sons. Its a play about a man who causes the death of 21 pilots - which I would imagine would be more than stressed out!!

So there we have it - a bit of a different song this - hard to nail down by way of description, so best just to take a listen to it yourselves. Let me know what you think.

You can find loads more of my music choices over at My Music page here. Happy listening :)