By Huntress Thompson
New prog darlings Muse owe us their sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, on 1 October.
This’ll be the record that lead singer Matt Bellamy described as “”christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey, with some ambient rebellious dubstep and face melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia” on Twitter.
Watch the official first video below, which dropped this morning, for second single Madness.
The video was directed by Anthony Mandler, who’s worked extensively with Rihanna and The Killers and, after his work on Lana Del Ray’s National Anthem and fun.’s Some Nights, is something of the music video director du jour.
You’ll notice strong French house influences on Madness, and a couple of sneaky dubstep slivers, marking a stark new musical direction for the band.
The track is provoking varied responses from critics. The NME gave it “8/10” and, somewhat terrifyingly, Chris Martin described Madness as “Muse’s best song ever”. To be fair, Deanna did warn us that no good would come from Matt Bellamy hanging around Kate Hudson.
Have a listen and tell us what you think, woudja?
In the vacuum between dark and light, Siouxsie Sioux and Emmylou Harris, Amelie and Travis Bickle, Huntress Thompson is an idiot lost, and reporting from the field. If you’re after irrational rants about cupcakes and Johnny Cash (and you probably aren’t), she’s grumpy, but she’s your girl.