For those about to rock, you’re in luck this week. Alt-rock titans Muse are ready to drop their prog opus Drones, indie meets glam when Franz Ferdinand and Sparks team up for their supergroup, and Of Monsters and Men are back for another helping of pop folk goodness. Here’s the new music you need to hear this week.
For their seventh studio album, Muse has returned to their hard rock sound, straying from the more orchestral and electronic efforts in The 2nd Law and The Resistance. Co-produced by the legendary Mutt Lange, the album is big on sound and concept.
Following one man’s journey toward becoming — as you may have guessed — a drone, and then defecting from that power structure, Matthew Bellamy and company touch on the anti-surveillance, anti-authority, and anti-indoctrination themes you’d come to expect from these Brit rockers.
Of Monsters and Men, Beneath the Skin
As a part of the huge wave of indie folk bands that came in at the beginning of the decade, Of Monsters and Men want to make a statement. With Beneath the Skin, the Icelandic band wants to prove that they aren’t a flash in the pan or just a part of a trend. Yes, the shout-along choruses are here, but there’s also a very real presence from singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir to be felt on this album, notably heard on lead single “Crystals.”
The making of FFS was birthed nearly a decade ago when the art rock legends in Sparks reached out to Franz Ferdinand to mention they loved “Take Me Out,” (who didn’t, to be honest.) Almost 10 years later, the two bands have come together to record something that’s not merely a mix of their sounds, but rather something new. We got a taste earlier this month with “Johnny Delusional,” and that the whole album has now arrived, it’s a dance rock tour de force that’s a perfect marriage for these two.
Here’s what else is out this week:
No Joy – More Faithful
Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
Arthur Russell – Corn
PINS – Wild Nights
Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl
Ash – Kablammo!