Imagine Dragons possesses a sound that so unique to today’s world of music that I can honestly say, I haven’t heard anything quite like it. Taking electronic sounds with slight tones of house music and dubstep and crossing that with you’re average indie band instruments, Imagine Dragons is really one of a kind. This summer they released their new album, “Night Visions”.
The first song off the album, “Radioactive”, really seems to capture the essence of Imagine Dragons; their sound, and their lyrical depth. The song seems to portray a message about change and not fitting into the norm. “I raise my flags, don my clothes, it’s a revolution I suppose.” The sound that the band creates in this song is so powerful and makes the listener actual feel like they are preparing for a revolution. It is rare that a band can take a sound alone, and have it resonate in the emotions of a listener regardless of lyrics. Imagine Dragons does this very thing, the lyrics add upon it.
The song “Tiptoe”, is another brilliant example of the band’s blend of instrumentation. The song starts off with a few simple guitar chords then progressing into a techno-like riff. The verse seems rather mellow, resting in a minor key but still finding a rather playful sound. The breakdown in the bridge is genius with all instruments fading out except for the drums, vocals, and subtle synthesizers. The vocals in this song fit beautifully, adding to the mellow feel while allowing the instruments to add little elements of audible fun.
“Demons” seems to be another fan favorite. This song, like “Tiptoe”, finds itself on the quieter end of the bands spectrum. The harmonies with the vocals are spot on. What really seems to carry this song is it’s percussion. The drums are crisp and simple but bold. The filter on the guitar blends perfectly with the keys. The song speaks of the dark side that we all carry. The writer speaks of our demons as simply a part of life, something we can’t control but that we all should be cautious about.
“Bleeding Out” seems to speak of the writers search for meaning in life. We hear the lyrics tell of a hopeless man looking for meaning, holding on for what is perceived to be either a friend or a lover. Once again, the percussion plays a big part in this song. The vocals and the synths blend quite well. Again, this song is another example of a song that resonates with the listener. The music and lyrics combine for a bold and powerful touch.
Night Visions is definitely my favorite album right now. I have listened to it over and over again. It is musically brilliant and I would definitely suggest it to everyone. Check it out and feel free to comment letting me know what you think.