SINGLE REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – Shy Away

Last year Twenty One Pilots reappeared from the studio for a brief minute to drop the pandemic inspired ‘Level Of Concern’. Immersing themselves in a disco inspired sonic they expressed this song of hope through funky guitar riffs and soaked synths that drove a nostalgic groove through the heartbeat of the track. Retreating back to the studio, the Grammy award winning duo have finally returned with news that their sixth studio album ‘Scaled And Icy’ will finally be released on May 21. And to coincide with this announcement, they also dropped the lead single ‘Shy Away’ and it’s an immediate future fan favourite.

Returning to the pop-rock sound that filtered through their record ‘Vessel’, this track feels quite nostalgic for the band. It’s a return to their roots with guitar, drums and pop beats fused together, and hears them not overthinking the production like they did on ‘Trench’ which gained mixed reviews. It’s not necessarily predictable, but its more commercially palatable and has that immediate anthemic punchiness that ‘Vessel’ and ‘Blurryface’ effortlessly embodied. 

Lyrically this song hears lead vocalist Tyler Joseph reflecting on a conversation he had with his younger brother about the creative process behind TOP’s songs which triggered the thoughts of wanting to make sure his brother follows his dreams and pursues music as passionately as he did. “Don’t you shy away. Manifest a ceiling When you shy away. Searching for that feeling, just like an ‘I love you’ that isn’t words. Like a song he wrote, that’s never heard” he sings. 

‘Shy Away’ is an immediate singalong worthy track that will have you itching to experience another Twenty One Pilots show soon with its euphoric nature.