Hey Pop-Stylers!!! Im so glad to be back!! It’s been longer than I wanted since my last post but Im back now with a new edition of #MusicCrushMonday!! Lately, music has been my saving grace. It is the thing I reach for after I wake up, when Im grading assignments, when Im planning my next lesson (remember Im a dance teacher), when Im feeling my outfit, when Im going out on the town, when Im searching for motivation, and unfortunately, when I need to pull myself out of a funk. I discovered this band via the MTV Video Music Awards this year, and their album has been speaking to me ever since. My #MusicCrushMonday goes to…..
TWENTY ONE PILOTS
I had never heard of this band until their performance with A$AP Rocky on the MTV VMAs. I was instantly hooked and looked up their album “Blurryface.” (which is actually there 4th album). It’s a slightly dark, existential questioning, honest lyric, soul searching album that has really resonated with me recently. Their sound is a combination of synthesized rock, pop hip-hop, and open mic funk. Every song, honestly, hits in its own way. My favorite is “Fairly Local“ which just lets your head knock to a constant beat while your ears get invaded with monotone raps. I also love the upbeat anguish cry of “Heavydirtysoul“ and the longing of childhood peace and easier days in “Stressed Out.“
The meaning behind Twenty One Pilots music is somewhat abstract and yet purposeful. The bandmates (Tyler and Josh) speak about communicating encouragement and meaning to their listeners- almost giving them reason to find themselves the will to continue and march on even in their times of struggle. The album title (Blurryface) is the personification of Tyler’s insecurities- it’s the thing that distorts your vision/purpose/motivation for doing what you do. This is probably the reason why I resonate with their music so much right now. According to the band, their purpose for making music is “to make people think”, as well as encourage them to find joy in what they come to believe in life. Thanks Twenty One Pilots for helping me do this right now and confront my “Blurryface“. Til Next Time- Keep it #PopStyle
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