“Trench” means trench and that’s the fifth studio album of the alternative duo Twenty One Pilots. Now that four albums are playing with genre boundaries, delivering countless hits without ever becoming clumsy and yet always unmistakably attributable to the two musicians, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun set out on a journey to a concept album. Trench is to depict a world in which the lyrical I wants to escape from the fictional city of Dema. The whole work revolves around the theme of standing between chairs, a situation that is pretty much anyone’s understanding. This is revealed by Joseph and Dun in interviews, the already released songs also give hints through the almost cinematic videos and lyrics.
The opener is “Jumpsuit”, probably the hardest track of the record, in which Joseph even insists Screaming device. Musically are offered driving rock rhythms, a little bit the song looks like a development of “Heathens”. The transition to the next spoken word song “Levitate” only makes sense with the Twenty One Pilots. At the latest from “Morph” you will now be led into an entirely new sound world that spans most of the album. Gone are the fun indie parties of the last albums, it gets dark, but at the same time somehow danceable. Joseph always gets into the head voice, especially in the big hit “My Blood” comes right 80s feeling. Especially the verses are usually rather uneasy, before Minor tones Joseph philosophizes in spoken word style on various topics – from hype to gratitude to the deceased. As in “Cut My Lip” sometimes slight reggae tendencies are incorporated, in general, the songs are very leaned back and calm – and above all, very homogeneous. Thus, the big genre jumps of the last records are missing, the obvious hits have already appeared with “My Blood” and “Jumpsuit”. But if you feel like searching for the big things and a relaxed record with a dark undertone, you should not mind! The Closer “Leave The City” alone concludes the subject with soft tones for the time being – and in the last breath becomes quite epic again.
And who is this “Nico and The Niners” now? Nico is the person behind Blurryface – here even the albums hang together. With the Twenty One Pilots, nothing happens for no reason. Although the biggest halls are filled, they do not feel like dull mainstream service. Her answer is a concept album full of darkness and an unmistakable new sound. Whether it’s the new favorite album, everyone has to decide for themselves – there’s definitely a lot to discover. “Trench” is an album for explorers. From sound experiments, the duo is now taking the step towards the concept – and only a few acts with so much style manage that!
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Twenty One Pilots live 2019:
- 12.o2 .2019 Barclaycard Arena Hamburg
- 14.02.2019 Mercedes-Benz-Arena Berlin
- 23.02.2019 Hallenstadion Zurich
- 24.02.2019 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart
- 25.02. 2019 Lanxess Arena Cologne
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