Imagine Dragons Describes New Album as ‘A Celebration’
By Sydney Zuelke
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Imagine Dragons explains the new sound you can expect to hear on their newest album, fittingly titled Evolve.
Evolve singles currently released (“Thunder,” “Believer,” “Whatever It Takes”) set the mood, and give listeners a taste of a newer, happier, Imagine Dragons – but that doesn’t stop them from spreading a message.
Speaking to EW’s Madison Vain, the band’s lead singer Dan Reynolds explained, “We wanted to be selective about each noise. In the past, all of our sonic textures have been almost a wall of noise and music. [But] we’ve found through this process that you can be just as emotional and just as grand using maybe four instruments as opposed to us using 50.”
Reynolds then goes to speak about his struggle with depression. After an extended break to focus on himself, Reynolds came back to be “in the best place, mentally, of his life.” And this new record makes that clear.
“This record encapsulates color in a new way,” he says. “When Smoke + Mirrors came out and I started seeing all these headlines that were like, ‘Dan Reynolds: Depressed As Hell,’ it was a shameful period for me. I didn’t want that to be the notion of the record, but now that we’ve gotten past it, I’m proud of what that album stands for. I’m proud of hopefully making others who deal with depression to not feel so alone and know that through work and reflection and reaching out to someone, that can make you stronger. I’m proud of that. So this record, to me, is really a celebration in a lot of ways. It’s an evolution of mind and sonics.”
Read the full article here. And see Imagine Dragons at Golden 1 Center, October 4!