Some considerable time has passed since Twenty One Pilots dropped their breakout debut album, Vessel. With such a vivacious response to that album, I myself, was wondering how the band would respond with their sophomore debut. Would the first single be as infectious as “Holding On To You”? If that song is considered Jekyll, then the first song off the upcoming album, Blurryface, named “Fairly Local”, is most certainly it’s most twisted Hyde-like counterpart. Notice the duality that I speak about with the first two songs released from album to album – it’s a common theme with the new song.
Let’s analyze the nuts and bolts of the song first. Noticeably slower and darker in tone, there are little things here that accent the subject matter of singer Tyler Joseph‘s devil/angel subject matter. Joseph’s vocals are altered during the second verse, perhaps hinting at the evil part and drummer Josh Dun‘s snare and 808 parts are either delayed or altered. With the eerie female vocals that drape the background, it seems like you are within the audio equivalent of a fun house with altered mirrors.
Joseph’s lyrical parts juxtapose one another. There’s a tug of war that is a microcosm of humans in general. In some cases, even though we know things are bad (“I’m evil to the core/What I shouldn’t do I will), we will still do them to each other anyway. Unfortunately, in the rat race that we call life, we sort of accept things this way (“Tomorrow I’ll keep a beat/And repeat yesterday’s dance”).
The second part of the song automatically cancels out the first part because there’s a belief that there will be some good to cancel out the evil urges. (“I’m not evil to the core/What I shouldn’t do I will fight”) Ultimately, there are going to be some people who choose to stick out (“Tomorrow I’ll switch the beat/To avoid yesterday’s dance”). The interesting thing here is that the altered version of Joseph’s vocals happens after the good intentions and not the bad.
“Fairly Local” is a bold choice for a single for those who were expecting a typical radio single. We have a song that has simplicity on the surface, but you can dig a little deeper and find a statement that is cleverly wrapped if you really look for it. If we continue on this path, Blurryface should have a little bite to it, which may pique my interest to hear the whole project.
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