Hear Twenty One Pilots’ New Songs ‘Jumpsuit,’ ‘Nico and the Niners’
Twenty One Pilots veer in two polar opposite directions – proggy alt-rock and psychedelic reggae-rap – on their two new singles, “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners.” The tracks appear on the band’s upcoming fifth LP, Trench, out October 5th via Fueled By Ramen.
The duo anchor “Jumpsuit” with distorted bass guitar, crisp drumming and dark washes of synth, as frontman Tyler Joseph builds from a near-whisper to a full-throated scream to an atmospheric falsetto. “I can’t believe how much I hate/ Pressures of a new place roll my way,” he sings. “Jumpsuit, jumpsuit, cover me.”
The band paired “Jumpsuit” with an eerie video starring Joseph in a pair of surreal scenes: singing on the hood of a burning car and standing in a stream while staring down a hooded person – possibly Death? – who rides on a white horse.
“Nico and the Niners” adopts a lighter, more upbeat vibe, as Joseph alternates between singing and rapping over a lightly dubby groove laced with rippling tremolo synths, programmed kick drums and down-pitched vocals. He also appears to reference their other new song, singing, “I’m heavy; my jumpsuit is on steady/ I’m lighter when I’m lower; I’m higher when I’m heavy.”
Twenty One Pilots will promote Trench – which follows their Grammy-winning 2015 album, Blurryface – with a headlining world tour set to launch October 16th in Nashville, Tennessee. The North American leg concludes November 21st in Kansas City, Missouri, followed by shows in Australia, Europe and the U.K.