LP – 140g – Limited Indie Exclusive Edition – Cream Vinyl
Release date: 26.8.2022
Other releases of Will Of The People: Black LP – CD
Grammy Award-winning English rock band Muse will release its long-awaited ninth studio album, “Will Of The People,” in late August 2022 via Warner Records
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy says of the album, “”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 and riots, an attempted insurgency, the faltering of Western democracy, increasing authoritarianism, forest fires and natural disasters, and the destabilization of the global order all influenced Will Of The People. It has been a worrisome and frightening time for all of us, as the Western Empire and the natural world that has cared for us for so long are truly threatened. This album is a personal navigation through those fears and a preparation for what comes next.”
Muse being Muse, there is NO bowing to any particular genre. The album’s title track “Will Of The People” brings playful provocation to a dystopian glam rocker, while the nostalgic electronic textures of “Verona” exude an innocence and purity. From the visceral thrills of “Won’t Stand Down” to the industrial-tinged, granite riffs of “Kill Or Be Killed” or the lightning-fast rush of “Euphoria,” the album closes with the frenetic finale of the brutally honest “We Are Fucking Fucked.”
About the new single “Compliance,” Bellamy says, “”Compliance” is about submitting to authoritarian rules and reassuring falsehoods in order to be accepted in a group. Gangs, governments, demagogues, social media algorithms, and religions seduce us into times of vulnerability by setting arbitrary rules and distorted ideas for us to comply with. They sell us comforting myths and tell us that only they can explain reality, while at the same time limiting our freedom, autonomy, and independent thought. We are not only coerced, we are driven, frightened and harnessed to produce “2 minutes of hate” daily against a group of their choosing, turning a blind eye to our own inner voice of reason and compassion. They just need our compliance.”
“Compliance” is instantly addictive, adorned with smooth synths and elements of quirky alt-pop. When Bellamy sings, “We just need your compliance / You will feel no pain anymore / No more defiance / Just give us your compliance,” the crashing drums and intermittent bass make the song swell with power. The accompanying video (directed by Jeremi Durand, shot in Poland) was inspired by the film “Looper” and shows three children wearing masks and destroying their future selves to escape a dystopian and oppressive world.