Imagine Dragons “Evolve”-ing into “Origins”

Just 18 months after the release of their last platinum-selling effort, Evolve, and having just returned from a 100-date world tour, Nevada-based Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons released their newest LP, Origins, today. Evolve spawned huge hits such as “Believer” and “Thunder,” and Origins is rumored to feel “like a sister album to Evolve” whilst also offering different musical textures and experimentation. The new album was produced by names such as Joel Little, Mattman & Robin, and Alex Da Kid (who produced the Dragons’ first hit, “Radioactive,” along with countless others).

“We finished Evolve, and there’s a lot of clarity on that record, both sonically and just as a band. And we just kept on creating, so we had these songs that we created after Evolve,” said Dan Reynolds, lead singer, and guitarist for the band. “We thought, you know, we could wait a couple years like bands are supposed to, and put it out. But then it’s going to be irrelevant to us because in two years, we’re going to be in a different place. So we just thought, well, this is a new world of music. Why don’t we put it out right now?”

The band announced their single, “Natural,” on Twitter on July 12, after which it was released five days later, and confirmed to be the anthem for the ESPN College Football season. The song quickly climbed the charts and is now the band’s number one song on Spotify. The album’s second single, “Zero,” came out on September 19, which will be featured in the upcoming Disney film Ralph Breaks the Internet.