Everything to know about ‘Shy Away’ by Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots Shy Away

Twenty One Pilots released “Shy Away” on April 7, 2021 as the first single off of their sixth album “Scaled and Icy.” It debuted at No. 15 on SiriusXM’s Alt18 Countdown on April 10, 2021, jumped to No. 2 the next week and reached No. 1 on May 8, 2021. Fueled by Ramen released the song.

Tyler Joseph told the BBC he wrote the song for his younger brother. It started as a tutorial in the recording studio and grew into advice for his sibling. It also includes unintentional background vocals from Joseph’s 1-year-old daughter at the start of the song, which is one example of the pandemic’s influence on the band’s creative process. Joseph and bandmate Josh Dun worked remotely with Joseph doing the writing and producing and Dun providing drum tracks.

The track is being well received.

Tyler Golsen in Far Out rated the album a 7.6 out of 10 and applauded the group for continuing in the vein of 2020’s “Level of Concern,” another Alt18 No. 1 song. Michael Davies in the Harvard Crimson called the song a “litmus test” for the band’s move to “upbeat, electronic pop style.”

Twenty One Pilots “Shy Away” debuted at No. 20 on Billboard’s US alternative chart and hit No. 1 on May 1, 2021. It’s in the Top 100 on charts around the world.

Credits

Songwriter: Tyler Johnson

Producer: Tyler Johnson

Record label: Fueled by Ramen

Lyrics

When I get home
You better not be there, we’re placing bets you won’t
Shed your modesty
And the only thing to leave behind is your own skin
On the floor

Don’t you shy away
Manifest a ceiling when you shy away
Searching for that feeling
Just like an “I love you” (ooh, ooh)
That isn’t words (ooh, ooh)
Like a song he wrote, that’s never heard
Don’t you (sh)When you get home
You barely recognize the pictures they put in a frame
‘Cause you shed your modesty
Don’t circle the track
Take what you have
And leave your skin on the floor

Don’t you shy away
Manifest a ceiling when you shy away
Searching for that feeling
Just like an “I love you” (ooh, ooh)
That isn’t words (ooh, ooh)
Like a song he wrote, that’s never heard

When I get home
Boy, you better not be there, you’re long gone
Shed your modesty
Don’t circle the track
Just break the cycle in half
And leave your skin on the floor

Don’t you shy away
Manifest a ceiling when you shy away
Searching for that feeling
Just like an “I love you” (ooh, ooh)
That isn’t words (ooh, ooh)
Like a song he wrote
That’s never heard
That’s never heard

And I love you
There isn’t words
Like a song he wrote
That’s never heard
Don’t you shy away

Official Video

Related Links

Shy Away – Wikipedia

Genius

Behind the scenes of the Shy Away video – Kerrang

Fastest run up Billboard’s Alternative chart

IMDB

Spotify

BBC

Alternative music charts, January 30, 2021 | Billie Eilish, AJR, Olivia Rodrigo top lists

Michael Franti and Spearhead top the Roots Music Report this week.

We follow the #Alt18, but here are more charts we’re watching for the best an new alternative music. Know a list I’m missing? Hit me up in the comments, on Twitter or at: findingalt18@gmail.com

Alternative Music Charts

Billboard Alternative Music Chart: #1 – Billie Eilish, Therefore I am | Spotify playlist

New Alternative 40 Chart: My personal favorite Spotify playlist. Description says it’s pulled from 50 new indie and alternative sources each week. Often lines up with the Download 15 on Sirius XMU.

Download 15: Speaking of the DL15, here’s a Spotify playlist organized by Clint Smith.

Muzooka: Alt music chart used by iHeartRadio and USA Today. Grandson was bragging about cracking the Top 10 this week, so it means something to artists.

Roots Music Report: New one for me, but I just started paying attention to these things. Michael Franti is at No. 1 this week. Interesting list this week.

iTunesChart: Genre chart from iTunes has AJR’s “Bang” at No. 1 this week. New Weezer is up there, too.

Official Charts: UK-based alt and rock chart.

Amazon Best Sellers: Wild list that includes Green Day’s “Dookie” and Foo Fighters’ “Greatest Hits.” Taylor Swift is No. 1, though.