I the Mighty Where The Mind Wants To Go/ Where You Let It Go
In October of this year, I the Mighty put out their fourth studio album: Where the mind wants to go/ Where you let it go. Let me just say this, wow. This album is beautiful. This album is a departure from their past, heavier work but with its unique sounds and clean vocals it is still easily recognizable as an I the Mighty album. The heavy tracks of their album Satori have been almost entirely left out once again, and have been replaced with slower, melodic sounds more closely resembling their last album, Connector. I the Mighty is a heavyweight when it comes to putting out an album and it's easy to see why. This album incorporates a variety of genres like indie and R&B alongside post-hardcore and alternative to create a uniqueness that pulls you in and leaves a lasting memory, this album will leave you bopping and singing along to every word.
Every song is telling a story, but they are also working together to tell an overarching narrative of love, loss, and finding yourself in the mess of it all. Most of the songs come across as breakup songs, but without the sappy and whiny noise that you might find on a pop album. The lyricism and vocals blend effortlessly with the guitar and drums to create memorable choruses and melodies, while the use of synth helps to achieve an ethereal sound. All of the musical elements come together and balance so perfectly on this album. The attention to detail that the band shows is incredible and clearly pays off, delivering a solid, well composed, beautiful album that can, and should, be listened to on repeat.
The album art also helps create a feeling of being on a lonely journey of self-discovery. The cover features the silhouette of a man walking in a vast emptiness, with a backdrop of an open starry sky. The art adds to the story that the album is trying to tell the listener, but is still simple enough not to be distracting or out of place.
I love this album. I only had to listen to it once to fall in love with the music. After listening to Connector, I was expecting them to keep the trend ballad type songs but was pleasantly surprised at the ethereal and melodic atmosphere that they decided to create with this record. The lyrics are meaningful and relatable, the beats are catchy and upbeat, it's different and yet still the same fearless styling that we have come to expect from I the Mighty.
Partially melodic post-hardcore, partially well composed indie rock with mature and relatable content, I the Mighty have managed to put together a strong album that will surely become a lasting staple in the music collections of new and old fans alike. In sharp contrast to Satori, and a shining example of what continued musical growth looks like, Where the mind wants to go/ Where you let it go is definitely an album that is going to stand the test of time and be a testament to what I the Mighty are capable of.
Arielle is a 22 year old Professional Writing student who loves the arts. Her music taste is eclectic, but she spends most of her time frequenting local punk and metal shows. She often surfs through Youtube and Bandcamp hoping to stumble on a new addictive sound. Her favourite bands include; Breaking Benjamin, Dance Gavin Dance, In This Moment and Brand New, to name a few.