British trio Muse have released a new album, Simulation Theory, today via Warner Bros. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Plus they have also shared a video for the album’s opening track, “Algorithm.” Lance Drake directed the video (he has helmed all the ’80s sci-fi themed clips for this album) and it stars actor Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), who previously appeared in the video for the album’s “Pressure.” Watch the video below. Also below are Muse’s upcoming tour dates.
When Simulation Theory was announced they shared another song from it, the Muse-meets-Daft-Punk-sounding “The Dark Side,” via a 1980s-styled video for the song also directed by Lance Drake. It was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared another new song from the album, “Pressure,” via a wild video that stars actor Terry Crews. Lance Drake directed the video, which takes place at a 1984 high school homecoming dance with Muse as a local band named Rocket Baby Doll, with frontman Matt Bellamy sporting a bit of a Marty McFly at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance look.
Muse worked with several producers on Simulation Theory, including Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland. The album has been released in three formats: Standard (11 tracks), Deluxe (16 tracks), and Super Deluxe (21 tracks). Kyle Lambert did the cover artwork for the Standard and Deluxe editions and he has previously done the poster art for Stranger Things, Jurassic Park, and other films. Paul Shipper illustrated the Super Deluxe cover and his previous work includes posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Avengers: Affinity War, and others.
Last year Muse shared a video for another new song, “Dig Down,” which was also directed by Lance Drake and also had a retro sci-fi vibe, with frontman Matt Bellamy looking a bit like 1980s computer generated cult character Max Headroom. Then in February they shared another Lance Drake-directed video for the new song “Thought Contagion,” which ended with a “Thriller”-like dance routine featuring various monsters. Then in July they shared another new song, “Something Human,” also via a 1980s themed Lance Drake-directed video. All three songs are also featured on the album.