Earlier today, Thirty Seconds to Mars
released their first new song since their 2013 album, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS
, accompanied by an elaborate lyric video. "Walk On Water" has a huge, pop-rock sound, filled out by booming synths. Already, there are some fans criticizing the song for sounding too pop, too generic, or too much like Imagine Dragons
. Artists should feel free to switch up their sound however they want -- they are real humans after all -- so there shouldn't really be a problem with them wanting to change to a new, pop-influenced direction... The Imagine Dragons comparison is pretty spot on, though.
Lyrically, "Walk On Water" seems to be a political statement, perhaps a call-to-action of some sort, but it's vague enough to not be too controversial amid all the political conversation going on right now. Lines like "Can you even see what you're fighting for?/Bloodlust and a holy war" and "A thin line, the whole truth/The far right, the left view" seem to suggest that the song calls for togetherness, but the song asks more questions than it answers, returning to these lines in the chorus: "Do you believe that you can walk on water?/Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?"
The lyric video for "Walk On Water" is actually pretty cool. While lyric videos are usually pretty basic, existing solely for extending the promo cycle and the practical purpose of showing fans the lyrics, this lyric video is a precursor to a film that will be accompanying the band's upcoming album. The footage for "Walk On Water"s lyric video is a collection of shots from fans and filmmakers across the U.S., all collected on July 4, 2017. The video paints a diverse picture of the country, some celebrating and some protesting, all on this one day. It'll be interesting to see how the film and the album expand on the idea - while the lyric video is compelling, it seems like just the tip of the iceberg.