UK alternative band Muse today announced the release of their upcoming new album, Simulation Theory. The album is due for release on November 9th via Warner Bros, and can be pre-ordered here for CD, cassette and 12″ vinyl. Pre-ordering the new album will also give fans early access to tour tickets and instant digital downloads of four tracks: ‘The Dark Side’, ‘Something Human’, ‘Thought Contagion’ and ‘Dig Down’.
Muse are releasing the album in three main formats: a Standard edition with 11 tracks, Deluxe with 16 and Super Deluxe with 21 tracks. The extended LPs will feature an ‘expanded gospel version’ of ‘Dig Down’, a version of ‘Pressure’ with the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and a live version of ‘Contagion’, as well as an assortment of alternate acoustic takes.
The eleven-track release was mainly produced by the band itself, but they received production help from LA-based Rich Costey (known for his work with Sigur Rós and Foster The People), Mike Elizondo (Nelly Furtado and Pink), Swedish-born Shellback (Pink, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears) and hip-hop luminary Timbaland, who’s credited for work with the likes of Jay-Z, Ludacris and Madonna.
The LP also features some striking retro-’80s artwork thanks to Kyle Lambert, who did the posters for Stranger Things and Jurassic Park. See the tracklist below:
2. The Dark Side
5. Break It To Me
6. Something Human
7. Thought Contagion
8. Get Up and Fight
10. Dig Down
11. The Void
In support of the announcement, the Devon band today released second track ‘The Dark Side’ as a single. Accompanied by a striking Tron-style music video, the ’80s vibe is everywhere with this track: cycling drums and compressed drums combine to create a dramatic video-game-style backing, and Matt Bellamy’s emotive wails hark back to singers like Annie Lennox and Midge Ure.
The new album will be Muse’s first since 2015’s Drones, a concept album centred on a soldier’s 1984-style escape from government indoctrination.