Rocking out by yourself just seemsm pathetic. Dancing by yourself is another thing entirely. Twenty One Pilots are savvy enough to know the difference. And kind enough to put out an album that counterbalances the emotional upheaval and turmoil of lockdown, quarantine and isolation with poppy melodies and upbeat grooves — and ambitious enough to toss in plenty of sharp songcraft, clever sonics and adventurous production to boot. It’s food for the brain, the soul and various parts southward. Ignore it and you have only yourself to blame.
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Grammy-winning duo Twenty One Pilots’ Scaled And Icy is their first studio album in three years and follows their platinum LP Trench.
Written and largely produced by Tyler Joseph in isolation over the course of the past year at his home studio, with Josh Dun engineering the album’s drums from across the country, Scaled And Icy is the product of long-distance virtual sessions and finds the duo processing their upended routines along with the prevailing emotions of 2020 — anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and doubt. The duo had to forgo their normal studio sessions but reached a new of level of introspection in the process, adopting a more imaginative and bold approach to their songwriting. The result is a collection of songs that push forward through setbacks and focus on the possibilities worth remembering.”