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"Chlorine" is a song written and recorded by the American musical duo Twenty One Pilots. The song was released as the fifth single from their fifth studio album, Trench, on January 22, 2019 by Fueled by Ramen. The track was written and produced by lead singer Tyler Joseph and Paul Meany of rock band Mutemath. Upon the song's release as a single, a music video directed by Mark C. Eshleman of Reel Bear Media was uploaded. The song peaked at number nine on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

"Chlorine"
The official cover for the single Chlorine.jpg
"Alt Mix" cover art
Single by Twenty One Pilots
from the album Trench
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
Studio
Genre
Length5:24
LabelFueled by Ramen
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tyler Joseph
  • Paul Meany (co.)
Twenty One Pilots singles chronology
"My Blood"
(2018)
"Chlorine"
(2019)
Audio sample
Music video
"Chlorine" on YouTube

Contents

CompositionEdit

As with much of Trench, "Chlorine" was written and produced by Tyler Joseph, the lead singer of Twenty One Pilots, and Paul Meany of Mutemath, who also provided the voice for the track's opening lines.[3] The songwriting process and recording took place in secret in Joseph's basement studio in Columbus, Ohio, while the track was mixed by Adam Hawkins and mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, New York City.[4][1] In an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, Joseph wrote that "wrestling on trying to tackle what he was feeling in 'Chlorine' was exhausting."[5] It is a pop, electropop, and trip hop song featuring a lowered voice found on the band's previous album Blurryface and a "menacing, Zaytoven-esque piano twinkle".[6][7][8][9] It has been described as a "menacing slow-burner" with an "annoyingly infectious" chorus comparable to the work of Bastille, Thom Yorke and Gym Class Heroes.[9][10][11][12] Paige Williams of Billboard suggested that the track was about cleansing your mind from dark thoughts,[8] while Caryn Ganz of The New York Times stated that it "describes how creativity can cleanse dark impulses but cause its own pain."[10]

ReleaseEdit

On January 22, 2019, fans of Twenty One Pilots began speculating that a music video for the song "Chlorine" would be released the following day due to a series of teasers that the band posted on social media, including a short clip of a dirty swimming pool soundtracked by a drum beat similar to the one found on the track. Tyler Joseph, the band's lead singer, also posted a message on Twitter which reads "there's someone i'd like you guys to meet. i'll introduce you to him tomorrow. his name is Ned. <{•.•}>".[13][14] However, the band later announced that they could not wait to share the video any longer and subsequently released the track as a single alongside its music video that same day.[15][16] Just prior to this release, an image of a letter written by Clancy, the protagonist of the storyline of Trench, was uploaded to the website dmaorg.info, which prompts the file name 17-35.4527, 17 and 35.4527 being the atomic number and atomic mass of the chemical chlorine respectively.[17] Additionally, on January 23, the letter was updated with the words "than" and "happened" being replaced by "that" and "happen" respectively. A Reddit user later discovered that the letter changes spelled out the name "Ned", the name of the creature featured in song's music video.[18]

On January 29, 2019, "Chlorine" was serviced to alternative radio,[19] and on February 8, the "Alt Mix" version of the song, which cuts the song's intro and outro, was released on streaming services.[20]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Chlorine" was uploaded upon the song's release as a single on January 22, 2019, and was directed by Mark C. Eshleman of Reel Bear Media.[21] The creation of the character Ned was undertaken from mid-December 2018 using 3D VFX and physical stand-in mold.[22] In an interview in Kiev during The Bandito Tour, the band explained that Ned represents "this idea of creativity and trying to take care of it and trying to please it... or appease it."[23] The video shows the duo filling up a dirty swimming pool and cleaning it while being watched by a small, white alien-like creature with antlers, black eyes and hairy bat ears named Ned. When the duo finish cleaning and filling the pool, Ned dives into it and his antlers seem to grow. The video ends with Joseph sitting in an empty pool accompanied by the creature, who's antlers begin to shrink again, before offering it a cup of liquid, which Ned refuses to take.[24][25]

Track listingEdit

US promotional CD
No.TitleLength
1."Chlorine" (radio edit #1)2:55
2."Chlorine" (radio edit #2)2:02
3."Chlorine" (radio edit #3)1:59
4."Chlorine" (album version)5:24
5."Chlorine" (instrumental)5:25
Chlorine (Alt Mix)
No.TitleLength
1."Chlorine" (Alt Mix)3:11
Spotify single[26]
No.TitleLength
1."Chlorine"5:24
2."Chlorine" (Alt Mix)3:11

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Trench and Twenty One Pilots' official YouTube channel.[4][27]

Recording and management

Twenty One Pilots

  • Tyler Joseph  – vocals, bass, synthesizers, guitar, piano, programming, keyboards, songwriting, production
  • Josh Dun  – drums, vocals, trumpet, backing vocals

Additional personnel

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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