Album: Scaled and Icy
Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Non-Airable Tracks: N/A
Description: After the release of their two newest singles “Level of Concern” and “Christmas Saved the Year” in 2020, Twenty One Pilots has come forth with another single, along with the announcement of this sixth studio album debuting this year. The release of “Shy Away” shocked old and new fans alike, as the band barely hinted at a new release on their social media platforms, whereas they usually post clues to give their audience hints. This song is like a breath of fresh air, a step into a whole new world for Twenty One Pilots, as they venture more towards a pop sound rather than sticking to their known sound of electronic keyboards and heavy drums. For long term fans, this shift was quite shocking, resulting in some opposition as fans said they were losing their sound and becoming someone else. Nonetheless, casual listeners and hardcore fans alike agree that this song is only the beginning of a much more bright, poppy, and positive era for Twenty One Pilots.
The song begins with electronic instruments that resemble those used heavily in their Vessel era, however this is quickly overtaken with light drumming and easily digestible guitar and bass lines to encourage the listener to focus more on the lyrics and overall energy of the song. As seen in many of their songs, Tyler Joseph uses the juxtaposition of upbeat and fast music with emotionally complex lyrics to create a unique experience for the listener. “Shy Away” recounts a conversation between two brothers, and the stress and doubt they both felt towards finding their purposes in the world. Although the lyrics show hesitation, the song in its entirety leaves the listener with a positive feeling that good things are possible through creativity and perseverance. If you are looking for a glimpse of light in a world of doubt, anxiety, and fear, “Shy Away” is the perfect song for you, to remind you that you will always find your way in this little thing called life.
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
Reviewer’s Name: Sophie Louis (milktoastgirl)
Date of Review: 4/15/2021