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Will Of The People

    Of the album, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy says, “Will Of The People was created in Los Angeles and London and is influenced by the increasing uncertainty and instability in the world. A pandemic, new wars in Europe, massive protests & riots, an attempted insurrection, Western democracy wavering, rising authoritarianism, wildfires and natural disasters and the destabilization of the global order all informed Will Of The People. It has been a worrying and scary time for all of us as the Western empire and the natural world, which have cradled us for so long are genuinely threatened. This album is a personal navigation through those fears and preparation for what comes next.”

    With Muse being Muse, there is NO bowing to any singular genre. The album’s title track “Will Of The People” brings playful provocation to a dystopian glam-rocker while there is an innocence and a purity to the nostalgic electronic textures of “Verona.” From the visceral thrill of “Won’t Stand Down,” to the industrial-tinged, granite heavy riffs of “Kill Or Be Killed,” or the lightning-bolt rush of “Euphoria,” the album concludes with the frenetic finale of the brutally honest “We Are Fucking Fucked.”

    On the band’s new single “Compliance,” Bellamy says, “‘Compliance’ is about submission to authoritarian rules and reassuring untruths to be accepted to an in-group. Gangs, governments, demagogues, social media algorithms & religions seduce us during times of vulnerability, creating arbitrary rules and distorted ideas for us to comply with. They sell us comforting myths, telling us only they can explain reality while simultaneously diminishing our freedom, autonomy and independent thought. We are not just coerced, we are herded, frightened and corralled to produce a daily ‘2 minutes of hate’ against an out-group of their choosing and to turn a blind eye to our own internal voice of reason & compassion. They just need our Compliance.”

    “Compliance” is immediately addictive, embellished with sleek synths and elements of off-kilter alt-pop. As Bellamy sings, “We just need your compliance / You will feel no pain anymore / No more defiance / Just give us your compliance,” the crashing of the drums and intermittent bass cause the song to swell with power. The accompanying video (directed by Jeremi Durand and shot in Poland) was inspired by the film ‘Looper’ and follows three children wearing masks destroying their future selves in order to escape a dystopian and oppressive world. 


    TRACK LISTING

    Will Of The People
    Compliance
    Liberation
    Won’t Stand Down
    Ghosts (How Can I Move On)
    You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween
    Kill Or Be Killed
    Verona
    Euphoria
    We Are Fucking Fucked

    Muse

    Origin Of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX)

      Muse celebrate the twentieth anniversary of ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ by releasing ‘Origin Of Symmetry: XX Anniversary RemiXX’ on Warner Records. The new edition features remixed and remastered audio plus re-imagined artwork and will be released on digital formats on June 18th before two vinyl packages follow on July 9th.

      As the album’s anniversary approached, Muse asked the Grammy-winning producer Rich Costey, who has produced or mixed material on almost every subsequent record, to revisit the original recordings. Whereas most remix albums aim to radically rework the material, or to switch to an entirely different genre, the band and Costey wanted to provide a renewed clarity with a more open, dynamic and less crushed sound. This highlights parts and ideas previously buried or muted on the original mixes, like a harpsichord on ‘Micro Cuts’ and Abbey Road recorded strings on ‘Citizen Erased’, ‘Megalomania’ and ’Space Dementia’.

      And that’s precisely what has been achieved. From the visceral opening riff of ‘New Born’ to the cinematic melancholy of the closing ‘Megalomania’ via the staggering scope of fan favourite ‘Citizen Erased’, the remix unveils every facet of the album’s intricate production alongside a new-found warmth. It further benefits from mastering courtesy of Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.

      Matt Bellamy said:

      "In revisiting the album what we found was the original mixes on the singles, like ‘Plug In Baby’ and ‘Bliss’, were pretty good so they were the hardest ones to improve. It was the deeper album tracks like ‘Micro Cuts’ where we were able to make massive breakthroughs."

      The ‘XX Anniversary RemiXX’ also adds ‘Futurism’ to the tracklist. Originally a bonus track on the album’s Japanese edition and subsequently tagged to the end of the album on streaming services, ‘Futurism’ now adds a burst of energy to bridge the gap between ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘Megalomania’. This reflects its placing on the 2019 box set ‘Origin of Muse’.

      ‘Origin of Symmetry: XX Anniversary RemiXX’ is completed with a modernised reimagination of the album’s cover art courtesy of Sujin Kim. The visual artist has created a hyper-realistic 3D rendering of William Eager’s original cover image.


      TRACK LISTING

      1. New Born (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      2. Bliss (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      3. Space Dementia (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      4. Hyper Music (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      5. Plug In Baby (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      6. Citizen Erased (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      7. Micro Cuts (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      8. Screenager (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      9. Darkshines (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      10. Feeling Good (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      11. Futurism (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
      12. Megalomania (XX Anniversary RemiXX)

      Muse

      Simulation Theory Deluxe Film Box Set

        MUSE brings their Simulation Theory tour to life in this limited edition 80s-inspired deluxe box set. The box set includes a pink/blue marbled LP with selections from the band’s September 2019 performance at London’s O2 Arena housed in a gatefold jacket, a VHS-like box containing a HD 5.1 DTS Master Audio Blu-Ray of the film, a fluorescent pink cassette of the film score written by Matt Bellamy, a Marvel Simulation Theory comic book and an 11x17 Marvel Muse poster. Each box will have metallic foil packaging.

        Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.

        TRACK LISTING

        Disc 1 
        Side A
        1. Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
        2. Pressure (Film Edit)
        3. Break It To Me
        4. The Dark Side
        5. Thought Contagion
        6. Dig Down (Gospel Version)
        Side B
        1. Propaganda (Acoustic Version)
        2. Algorithm
        3. Metal Medley

        Disc 2
        1. Simulation Theory Film Intro Music
        2. Psycho Murf Speaks
        3. Zombie Murphy Gets Wired Up
        4. Behold, The Glove
        5. Emotionality Rush
        6. Simulation Theory Film End Credits With Newscaster

        Disc 3 
        1. Simulation Theory Film

        The Divine Comedy

        Victory For The Comic Muse

          In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band's classic albums. The reissues will be released by Neil Hannon’s own label Divine Comedy Records.

          Victory For The Comic Muse was first released in 2006. Recorded virtually live in the studio over a two-week period, 'Victory...’ showcased Neil's restless creativity and his flair for observation and narrative. Pitchfork said, "These songs set lofty goals, and realize them" while The Guardian called it a “triumphant comeback” and Spin declared "[Hannon] deserves to be recognized as the unsung genius of symphonic pop."  Singles from the album include To Die A Virgin, Diva Lady and live favourite A Lady Of A Certain Age.

          TRACK LISTING

          CD 1/LP:
          To Die A Virgin
          Mother Dear
          Diva Lady
          A Lady Of A Certain Age
          The Light Of Day
          Threesome
          Party Fears Two
          Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World
          The Plough
          Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont
          Snowball In Negative

          CD 2:
          Births, Deaths And Marriages
          Diva Lady (acoustic Version)
          Home (demo)
          Pamplemousse
          Lili Marlene
          Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (early Idea)
          Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (instrumental)
          Trafalgar
          Love/Hate Relationship
          Miss Sharapova
          Don't Blame The Young
          Guantanamo
          Long Slow Suicide
          To Die A Virgin (early Idea)
          A Little Bit Of Love (Goes A Long Long Way)
          Elaine (alternate Version)
          A Lady Of A Certain Age (instrumental)
          Premonition Of Love

          Juliette Greco

          Jolie Mome: La Muse De Saint Germain Des Pres

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
            LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


            Limited edition 500 pressing in glorious colour vinyl.Double album - Disc one is RED vinyl, Disc two is BLUE vinyl.Think back, to that mid 20th Century world when music, film and everything else we love began...On day 1, before YeYe, before Beat, before Elvis, before Bardot, before Rock n Roll before -anything-, young Juliette Greco just -was-...queen of bohemian Paris, close to Camus, Miles Davis and the existentialist circles of the day, she began to perform in the Rive Gauche cafes, as Satre said she had "millions of poems in her voice" and he wrote liner notes on her albums too! Why just her hand movements could express a song like nothing else! Both Muse and Artist, sex symbol and Feminist icon, movie star for Cocteau, and yes, Belphegor, the creepiest arty horror series in TV history! The creator of the modern woman to a great extent, she made Chanson a viable form for dissent and arty pop, invented everyone from Jacques Brel to Serge Gainsbourg to Scott Walker to Nick Cave, made all the female punk performers possible.She had intelligence, looks, attitude and talent, and yes, she made some great records too! Here are just a few of them....

            The eighth album from Muse, ‘Simulation Theory’, features eleven tracks and was produced by the band, along with several award-winning producers, including Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland.

            ‘Simulation Theory’ follows ‘Drones’, released in 2015. Since then the internationally acclaimed three piece: Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, have toured extensively, taking the ground breaking ‘Drones World Tour’ to fans across the globe. 

            TRACK LISTING

            CD/Vinyl:
            Algorithm
            The Dark Side
            Pressure
            Propaganda
            Break It To Me
            Something Human
            Thought Contagion
            Get Up And Fight
            Blockades
            Dig Down
            The Void

            Deluxe CD:
            As Above +
            Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
            The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
            Propaganda (Acoustic)
            Something Human (Acoustic)
            Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)

            Muse

            Showbiz - Vinyl Reissue

              180gm heavyweight black vinyl edition of Showbiz; Muse’s classic debut studio album, first released in 1999, including the singles Uno, Cave, Muscle Museum, Sunburn and Unintended. 

              Muse

              Black Holes & Revelations - Vinyl Reissue

                180gm heavyweight black vinyl edition of Black Holes & Revelations; Muse’s fourth studio album, which charted at number 1 in the UK album chart on release in 2006. Featuring the singles; Supermassive Black Hole, Starlight, Knights of Cydonia, Invincible, Map of the Problematique. 

                Muse

                Absolution - Vinyl Reissue

                  180gm heavyweight black vinyl edition of Absolution; Muse’s third studio album, which charted at number 1 in the UK album charts on release in 2003. Featuring the singles; Stockholm Syndrome, Time is Running Out, Hysteria, Sing for Absolution, Apocalypse Please, Butterflies and Hurricanes. 

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                  Origin Of Symmetry - Vinyl Reissue

                    180gm heavyweight black vinyl edition of Showbiz; Muse’s second studio album, which charted at number 3 in the UK album chart on release in 2001. Featuring singles; Plug in Baby, New Born, Bliss & Hyper Music / Feeling good. 

                    Muse

                    The Resistance - Vinyl Reissue

                      180gm heavyweight black vinyl edition of The Resistance; Muse’s fifth studio album which charted at number 1 in the UK album chart on release in 2009. Featuring the singles; Uprising, Undisclosed Desires, Resistance, Exogenesis: Symphony.

                      Muse

                      Drones

                        Muse return with their new album “Drones”. Co-produced by Muse and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the album contains 12 tracks.

                        Matt Bellamy said "To me, 'Drones' are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behaviour with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. This album explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors." 


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