Imagine Dragons surprised fans with two brand new song on Friday, March 12.
The popular group shared “Follow You” and “Cutthroat,” two songs that frontman Dan Reynolds said are from the band’s forthcoming new album. An album that he and the rest of the band have been working on for the last three years, he admits that he is both “excited and anxious” to release the songs.
“Follow You” is a song “about loyalty and love. Loving someone is an incredibly imperfect process. It isn’t always romantic or pretty. Sometimes it can be incredibly painful. Aja taught me self-love and showed me what it meant to truly accept someone without any expectations. She was endlessly patient with me. She didn’t need me. She even taught me that I didn’t need her. But we loved each other and at the end of our 7 month separation a couple years back, we chose to remarry and to stay together. I proposed again and she said yes, again. Not every relationship works out this way, but it did for us. Not everyone needs a relationship. It isn’t the happy ending – it is a choice that works for some. And Aja and I re-chose it after experiencing life without each other. I wrote ‘Follow You’ after we got back together. I wanted it to represent a love that is realistic. One where love isn’t perfect. But it endures.”
“Cutthroat” is “on the opposite side of the record, both sonically and thematically. It’s an exorcism of self pity. An examination of my life – finding that I am beyond blessed – and trying to rid myself of self doubt and loathing. Being grateful for all I have. Ridding my mind of all the meaningless things that have burdened me. Killing the part of me that spends its days lamenting about things that bear no real meaning or worth. Finding that at the end of the day only one Dan will prevail, and it’s the one that loves myself. Loves my past. My present. Loves my mistakes and problems. My weaknesses. My illness. One that wakes every day grateful for life. That lives fully and is present for those that I love.”
Reynolds said, “I hope you find something in these 2 songs for you. I hope to connect with you somewhere around the world soon. I hope to sing with you. Sending you all my love. XDR.”