“Heathens” | Song/Video Review

To all of the Clique family out there, this is something I think we all can agree on…

Heathens is amazing!

If you are not part of the Clique family and have no clue what I’m talking about, I’m reviewing the new song my Twenty One Pilots for the soundtrack of “Suicide Squad” which is set to release in August of this year. I am going to break this review into 2 parts; the song and then the music video.

The Song

People are saying “Heathens” is going to be the new “Stressed Out” but honestly I think this so is way better than “Stressed Out”. In true TOP nature, the song is haunting and eerie, but blended with a solid beat it brings a different light to it. TOP is known for not fitting into one specific genre, their music is in its own category and this song really proves it. Its got elements of hip-hop, alternative, electronic, and rock.

The melody of this song is what sticks out to me the most and I like the fact that they started the song out with the chorus. Right away you get this infectious melody and chorus that will get stuck in your head. Its a very simple melody, one that has many variations in many songs for decades, but one that is very effective.

There are perfectly placed electronic breakdowns with a certain element placed into them to break those sections up. This element is hard to express in words but it reminds me of the sound a canned jar makes when it pops but recorded and lowered 3 octaves and sped up. Does that make sense? No? You’ll know what I’m talking about when you hear it. Either way, its a stand out element in the song.

The lyrics are ones to pay attention too. Now, I haven’t listened to the song enough (although I’ve listened to it like 10 times already) but some of my favorite lines are,
“You don’t know the half of the abused” and “We don’t deal with outsiders very well” 
I feel these are very strong lyrics, as are more from the song, that really expose the ugly truths of society. We are quick to judge people who do wrong without getting to know their story as to why they did it. There are a lot of people that are suffering from abuse or mental illness that snap and we are too quick to mark them as bad people. And the line about outsiders is exposing our human nature of ostracizing people who are different. Very powerful meaning to the song when you think about it.

The Video

Like I said before, in true TOP nature the video is just as haunting as the song, but it matches perfectly. Tyler is dressed in an orange prison jump suit as he’s being walked through a prison. Meanwhile you are being introduced to different “heathens” and inmates as the song continues. Scenes from the movie are being shown here and there but the best thing about his music video is that you don’t even notice. The editing and filters used on the video match perfectly to the ones on the movie that they look like one. I had to watch it 3 or 4 times to really see which scenes were from the movie and which ones were not.

I think the best thing about the video is that the inmates all come out and jam to TOP performing on a lit up stage. At first I thought this was a little out of place, but it actually isn’t. For some strange reason, and it could be the vibe of the song or the part of the song that it is helping to visualize, it fits.

VIDEO: Heathens by Twenty One Pilots

Overall this is probably one of my favorite Twenty One Pilots songs to date. I think they did a wonderful job on emulating the vibe and story of the movie as well as staying true to their roots and who they are as a band. Great work!

I highly suggest to check this song out and the movie when it comes out on August 5, 2016!

-Stefanie

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