I really can’t remember much about my first meeting with Imagine Dragons, but I know we didn’t have the same relationship as we do now. We didn’t take to one another right away, which made me a little hesitant – as I usually am – to later reintroduce myself to these top-of-the-charts artists. It wasn’t until I heard their exemplary contribution to The Host trailer, that things finally started to change. Nowadays, we correspond on a regular basis.
They talk about love and ambition, as most do. But these Dragon’s add a bit of schmaltzy goodness to their imaginative concoction of Alternative-Rock and 80’s Electronic. They also bring with them a built-in following – having released several EP’s before broadcasting their full-length album, Night Visions, this past September. Which means, by now, many of you have already met. However, I know there are a few of you – like I was, previously – reluctant to except that this is a band you want to introduce yourself to. Commerciality and trendy melodies are overrated, right? It’s my responsibility, as your musical hostess, to put these thoughts to rest. You know how it goes. We’ll allow the music to speak for itself.
It was very easy to proclaim Radioactive as my favorite Dragons song after my initial encounter with it. The anthem is unlike its siblings. It’s dark and uncompromising in all aspects, promoting a choir of howling, distressed voices. It’s epic and thoroughly addicting.
“I’m waking up; I feel it in my bones. Love to make my systems go. Welcome to the new age. I’m radioactive.”
From the very rare and hard to find EP, Hell & Silence, this next pick proves to be one of those songs that find it difficult to remove themselves from your brain, no matter how hard you try. Selene is somewhat different from the band’s newest; an easygoing and plaintive tune focusing on their Alternative Retro style. Tandem voices sing out the chorus in a wave, the place where the track’s irresistibility lurks. It’s a smoother and gentler version of the group’s sound, though still features their signature harmonies and exclusive lyrics. A combination of entertaining melodies and poignant lyrics make Selene a favorite.
“Resolutions and lovers in the kitchen. Love is clueless and destiny is wishing. This is my heart; it’s on the line, Selene.”
Be warned, my final selection will cause you to randomly start singing at the most interesting of times. It won’t stop there, though. On Top of the World will haunt your dreams, persuading you to drag out your iPod for a quick midnight listening session. This jovial and motivating number is one of Imagine Dragons’ best, unexpected and slightly mismatched from the rest of the album. I expect to see it in a Broadway show sooner or later. Its theatrical flair and animated melody is the selling point for me. Truthfully, I can’t get this damn song out of my head. Get ready to dance!
“I’ve been waiting to smile; been holding it in for a while. Take it with me if I can. Been dreaming of this since a child. I’m on top of the world.”
What did you think of this week’s Press Play artist? What’s your favorite Imagine Dragons song? Favorite record? Do you have any music recommendations for me? What songs and artists have you been listening to recently? Tell me in the comments!