Twenty One Pilots Review The Singles

With tracks by Kanye West, Haim and Royal Canoe...

Clearly we’re having something of an accidental Fueled By Ramen moment here on Clash, with coverage of Panic! At The Disco and Paramore preceding this week’s singles round-up, as penned by same-stable sorts Twenty One Pilots.

Who they? It’s a fair question. Ohio-based duo TOP (nice initials there, gents) is Tyler Jospeh (vocals, keys) and Josh Dun (drums), and the band’s name comes from Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. The band self-released a pair of long-players before being picked up by Fueled By Ramen for their third, ‘Vessel’, released in January 2013 (September 2013 in the UK). The record was well received and went top 10 on the US Billboard Alternative Albums chart.

Opinions from them, on these, these being some new singles, follow the video for the TOP track ‘Migraine’ – which was reviewed in August, Electric Soft Parade calling it a “welcome breath of fresh air”.

The following opinions come courtesy of Josh. Thanks, Josh!

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Haim – ‘The Wire’

Basically, I think I’ve learned to stay away from the idea of dating one of those girls in the band Haim. But that won't stop me from listening to this song! Good tune.

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Jagwar Ma – ‘Come Save Me’           

My favorite part of this song is the end. I like the production of this record, it sounds like it was written in the ‘60s, but the end brings in a nice modern dance feel which is a cool combination of sounds.

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Kanye West – ‘Bound 2’

I’m always excited to listen to a new Kanye track, I feel like he’s not afraid to push the boundaries. I also like songs over the top of sampled tracks. The mixture of the Brenda Lee track (‘Sweet Nothin’s’) and Charlie Wilson’s vocals are great to me, underneath Kanye rapping about “sweet nothings”.

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Royal Canoe – ‘Bathtubs’

This song will be on repeat for me for sure. I'm way attracted to this sort of indie sound, writing and style. I can see this song being huge.

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Golden State – ‘World On Fire’

This sounds like a song that should be played in stadiums. It’s a very huge rock sound, with great production to match the anthemic-style writing. 

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Smiler – ‘Brand New Style’

I wanna skateboard to this song. In fact, I probably will tomorrow. I’m a big fan of blending styles… and I love the sound of this song… some indie-rock mixed with hip-hop, but tastefully done. 

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