Let's have a bit of fun with numbers, shall we? What do get when you add MUTEMATH to twenty one pilots?
Well, if you guessed an EP of pure musical bliss then you are absolutely right.
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of electropop duo twenty one pilots recently teamed up with Paul Meany, Darren King, Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and Todd Gummerman of alternative rock band MUTEMATH in a recent studio visit to create TOPxMM, an EP of five of TØP's hit songs reimagined.
The EP starts of with TØP's latest single for the blockbuster movie Suicide Squad: Heathens. From a straight up electro-badass sound, the collaboration has resulted in a more mellow, soulful version of the song, yet at the same time retaining its catchy hook supported by a clean bassline courtesy of Roy. The second track, heavydirtysoul, the only non-single in the set, does not come with an entirely new sound, but Tyler's vocals prove to be rawer which pairs well with the synth and keyboard stylings of Paul and Todd.
A bigger change is clear when Ride begins, introducing a dreamy and almost ambient-sounding backing tune which becomes more evident in the bridge and it effectively gives the song a lighter vibe. The real twist then kicks in; skipping the ever familiar "annyeonghaseyo," Tear In My Heart starts off with trumpets, gang vocals and a beat reminiscient of a 70's disco tune. Surprisingly, the group has managed to succesfully combine the spunkiness of the original song with a groovy, fresh new tune which I wholeheartedly applaud.
The final song on this set, Lane Boy, shows off Paul's techno skills as well as Josh and Darren's drumming as the backbone of the song. The track then rolls over to an instrumental postlude - a superb ending to the EP.
Produced by Paul Meany, this collaboration was a great success which showcased the individual talents of the six musicians as well as the result of a cohesive blend of both the bands' sounds.
With the release of the EP, the bands have also put up a live video that you can watch here: