Muse Go Dubstep With New Song 'Unsustainable,' Video May Nod to Deadmau5
Muse fans receiving pre-order confirmation for purchasing their upcoming album The 2nd Law got a surprise last night when the band made their new song "Unsustainable" available.
According to NME the song is "dubstep-influenced" -- which is fair considering the wubba-wubba bloopy second half of the song -- and is the second track to be released from the new record, which comes out in the U.S. on Oct. 2 and a day earlier in Britain. The 2nd Law is the follow-up to 2009's The Resistance.
As for the song itself, it begins like some bombastic orchestral piece for the first 90 seconds before going in a totally new sonic direction as singer Matt Bellamy sings the word "unsustainable" over and over in a robo-fied fashion. Meanwhile, the video shows news reports about impending economic collapse and images of a stock market trading floor. A news anchor can also be seen speaking about energy usage and unsustainable growth.
Perhaps the oddest thing about the video -- and something that might be intended -- is how a television screen emerges with facial features onscreen similar to the mousehead used by Deadmau5. The Toronto-based artist didn't work with Muse on the album but it seems the band has been influenced by EDM on this track.
The song's qualities might also bring to mind that period when U2 "went industrial" and released "The Fly," a song which seemed out of the ordinary for the Irish group, but was the first single off 1991's Achtung Baby.
The group, who will perform at the closing ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics this weekend, have five British dates confirmed thus far behind the record.