Twenty One Pilots have done it again and surprised videos with an early release of the third track to come from their upcoming album, Levitate.
The song joins Nico & the Niners and Jumpsuit to form a three part video trilogy telling a new story of Tyler and Josh. It picks up where Nico & the Niners left off with Tyler joing Josh and his gang of misfits in the hills of Iceland, journeying to a campsite to stage what appears to be a rebelllion against the mysterious red-robed enemies.
Famed for his mixing of rap bars into the lyrics, Levitate sees Tyler rapping the entire song for the first time in their discography, weaving in with the vulture imagery on the Trench album cover and themes of Dema, rapping "They're smirking at first blood, they're circling above," and "Not today, don't feed me to the vultures // I am a vulture who feeds on pain". The song also sees Tyler looping in Car Radio from their first studio album Vessel, saying "I got back what I once bought back // In that slow I won't need to replace," with an ending that opens us up to the rest of the album saying "Welcome to Trench".
Watch the full video below:
The official release of Levitate surprised fans as it had been leaked onto Tidal on Monday, leading many fans to speculate that the Fuelled By Ramen were intending to release the track on Friday 10th August. In the past, Tyler and Josh have been known to leak their own songs to let fans hear them ahead of time, and this time was seen as another instance as the official release to have been pushed up to Wednesday, taking the pre-order with it (which had been scheduled for the 10th since the first album announcement).
Alongside the song and track came the official Trench tracklist as follows:
The Ohio pair will be here in early 2019 to tour the UK & Ireland with Trench, kicking things at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on the 27th of February and finishing with two shows at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. The full tour dates are:
Feb 27 - Genting Arena, Birmingham
Mar 1 - 3Arena, Dublin
Mar 2 - SSE Arena Belfast
Mar 4 - The SSE Hyrdo, Glasgow
Mar 5 - Manchester Arena
Mar 7 - SSE Arena Wembley
Mar 8 - SSE Arena Wembley
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