This page will serve as a running commentary on Muse's next major release.
The first time when Muse began to speak about this album was in September 2015. According to Dom, they were discussing the direction for the new album and that this album must be really different from the other releases. Dom also said: «I think it's time to kind of lose our minds a little bit more in the studio and delve into some new areas of music that we're kind of not that used to or comfortable with. I think we should definitely do that and kinda go for it. Yeah, we've got small ideas about how we think we can evolve. That's the key thing: evolving.»
In one of the recent interviews Dom said that Drones might've been their last album. As he said «The world is a very different place. And the way people consume music is very different than it used to be. So we’ve been talking about just releasing small groups of tracks, or just singles, for quite a number of years now.»
Matt Bellamy mentioned in a recent interview for Virgin Radio France that they might start recording and working on new material by the end of the current year. He also mentioned that they might use more electronic elements or orchestral elements and take the experimental approach again for new material, as opposed to their recent recent album's more basic approach (using guitar, bass and drums).
At the 2016 Q awards, Bellamy said that they might release a song or two in 2017 but it's unlikely that a new album would come out that year, more likely in 2018.
During 2017, both Bellamy and Howard posted several posts of themselves working in the studio as well as Dom liking some Instagram comments posted by fans, pointing out to new material, suggesting that they are probably working on new material. After a fan met both the band and Tommaso Colliva outside Air Studios, he cited them saying that they have recorded 3 new songs, one of which is presumably going to be a heavier song.
On May 18th, 2017, Muse released a new song called Dig Down, that they confirmed would be on the next album. It is probably not one of the original three songs recorded in March, as Dig Down was written in early April 2017.
On October 11th, 2017, the band announced that they were back in the studio in Los Angeles with Rich Costey, who previously helped Muse produce Absolution and Black Holes and Revelations. The band also teased instagram followers with a few photos during recording sessions.
|Dig Down||Released as a single on May 18th, 2017, they revealed in an interview that it would be in the next album scheduled for 2018.|
|Thought Contagion||Will be released as single on January ot February 2018.|
|Acoustic song(s)|| First rumoured on 27 October 2016 when Matt posted a photo of himself with an acoustic guitar on Instragram with the caption:|
"Attempting to write a song on an acoustic guitar #oldskool #vintage #whereismywhammy #regram @mattbellamy". Possibly one of the three songs recorded in London.
|Heavy song(s)||In a interview with a fan on 13 March 2017, the band revealed that they had recorded three songs in London and that one of them was heavy, while the other two were not.|
|Pop song(s)||In a interview with a fan on 13 March 2017, the band revealed that they had recorded three songs in London and that one of them was heavy, while the other two were not.|
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