Surprising again. I'm starting to get the last song stuck in my head (the sort of spooky one). It's quite nice they've released 3 singles fairly recently, I can just queue them up online as they're available for something new from the band after listening to a classic album. However that's been their intention for a while to pretty much stop doing albums.
New track 'The Dark Side' released and new album 'Simulation Theory' out Nov 9th.
Algorithm The Dark Side Pressure Propaganda Break It To Me Something Human Thought Contagion Get Up and Fight Blockades Dig Down The Void Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version) The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version) Propaganda (Acoustic) Something Human (Acoustic) Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
Personally I think 'The Dark Side' is one of their best new tracks in years.
Kind of disappointed I've already heard 3 of the songs, I like Thought Contagion and Something Human the most of the 3. Dig Down is OK, just a bit repetitive and not much to it. But Muse have a habit of releasing some of their weaker and poppier tracks as singles for some reason, I guess that speaks for their current giant audience.
No doubt the tour will be great and I hope to catch this one (didn't see Drones although I like the Album, 2 tracks from that was enough for me at the amazing and heavy Brighton "Psycho Tour" show).
Hmm I can't help but feel as some of Bellamy's lyrics have alluded to in the past he's breaking free from the band's signature sound and going on these "journeys" through albums.
Another one for the "mood" pile then, there's a wealth of tracks I'll go to for rock - the new album's either going to be a mad mix of things whereas Drones was probably the most "Marshall" sort of sound we were going to get, or it'll be a solid 80s revival / synth-pop focus (which I felt they almost did with with parts of the Resistance, but whatever).
If he's barely going to touch the guitar then maybe we will get some piano again? I think in interviews he's said been playing a bit more piano again - something almost completely missing from their first album in the first place, as Matt didn't think it was cool or something.
I think the key thing that's changed is, where are the band? Howard is basically playing triggers most of the time, it's electro-rock/pop quite a lot. Wolstenholm seems to have almost disappeared in terms of driving, pounding basslines and the whole chromatic, blues, bass runs thing.
On the other hand the whammy has made a bit of a return in recent tracks but, I think the band got lost in production a while ago. They really need to just sit down and make some bloody rock music, or jam more or something. Pick up to amp. That's why the drones tour was so good, relatively speaking.
The obvious answer is to see them live, the band is very much there. But it doesn't always feel like it in these tracks. It's more like listening to a movie.