Muse Admit There’s Dubstep and a ‘Jazzy Brass Number’ on ‘2nd Law’ LP

Matt Bellamy / Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

A few weeks after dropping a dubstep bomb on an album teaser, alerting fans they’d sort of be following in the footsteps of Korn on their forthcoming sixth studio LP The 2nd Law, Muse have confirmed there will be wub on the record — but analog wub.

“We’ve basically tried to do what Rage Against the Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments,” frontman Matt Bellamy explained in an interview with BBC Radio 1 (via NME), adding that “the album’s got lots of different faces,” but assuring fans that “there’s only one track like that.”

Whether or not that’s a good thing has to do with whether you’ve ever said “I like all kinds of music,” because Bellamy also shared that there will be a “jazzy brass number” and a few tracks that are “quite minimal.” Muse? Minimal? That could very well be a highly relative term for the arena-rock trio, but the genre-bending is nevertheless pretty impressive given that the record, whose title heavily suggests a nod to Isaac Newton’s rock’n’roll-ready second law — a force is equal to the mass of the object multiplied by its acceleration — took a mere six months to record (they announced their entrance into the studio back in November).

For now, rehash the only audio proof currently available of this brave new world, in the 2nd Law trailer below, or just listen to their very long, shape-shifting, Queen-indebted Olympics theme, which arrived yesterday.


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