I've been getting into some weeeeeeeeeird music lately.
I recently stumbled upon twenty one pilots' video for "Car Radio" and I've no idea what to make of it. His voice is weird… like Cake and La Dispute and Beck and just so many things pushed together. Though, that's not a bad thing. It's all pretty clever and his poetry is beautiful. The spoken-word aspect of it isn't terrible, though if you're not into that you may be like, "ew, rap" and misconstrue the whole thing. However, the way he articulates is something unique and it gave me goosebumps. That and the calm music in the back that slowly swells adds to the element of feeling…alone. He's alone because there's no sound.
The "I liked it better when my car had sound" reminded me of something Chuck Palahniuk once explored. In the song, the guy hates silence because it makes him think. Chuck said, "These people are so scared of silence," and "These soundaholics, these quietophobics." It's a huge connection that I'm not sure the band noticed, but I think it's lovely.
The more I listen to it, the better it gets. The concept of him going slowly insane is flawlessly paralleled with the video. "We're all battling fear" is great; something about the song just gets into your heart and makes you think. His descent into madness and then being reflective is something great that the band has entirely encompassed in both the song and video, making this a new favourite of mine. There's so much to catch onto and even on my fifteenth listen, I still find a new thing to love, like the vocal inflection on a word or a new little riff. I can't believe I'd never heard of them before.
twenty one pilots will certainly be playing from my car radio.