Review Summary: Renewing the old
There’s not much to it. TOPxMM
is essentially a reworking of their hits (Blurryface
and beyond) with new tweaks and changes. With the addition of MUTEMATH, the songs contain a more vibrant, lively alternative pop tone to them. Impressively, the entire EP was performed and produced all in one, progressive take. So, what’s new here? Well, first and foremost, the added features of the guitars and synths of MUTEMATH give an entirely different atmosphere to the original twenty one pilots renditions. Utilizing the ability to contort a guitar’s tonality to conform to a deep, fuzzy distortion, the six-stringed instrument continually clashes with the immersive atmosphere brought forth by the keys. Following suit with the harmonies, Tyler Joseph’s voice soars with roaring melodies, throaty shouts, and flowing raps, providing an enhanced vocal performance compared to the originals. Complimenting the melodic side of the music, the dual drumming from MUTEMATH with Josh Dun allows multiple avenues to journey through with technicality and groove. Often improvising, the drumming often remains sporadic and unpredictable with the two following each other in perfect unison, superbly portrayed by the conclusion of “Lane Boy.” Although not much has changed, as the theme, lyrics, and general structures of the songs have remained, TOPxMM
allots a great, new exposure for fans of either band. No new music, yet completely new music; confusing, right?