A SOUNDTRACK FOR MY LIFE -
Muse and apparent disorder
It doesn't take much to understand my taste in music. Just take a look at my Spotify playlist and you'll see Muse in my top ten. I've seen them play live in Rome and it was a pure adrenaline rush for the whole concert - better than any psychoanalysis session!
When I saw that giant light bulb above the stage it blew my mind!
Having sold 17 million albums around the world, Muse don't seem bothered about business logic, as they know they don't need to be ‘mainstream’ to make it as one of today's most enduring bands. What fascinates me about their music is their ability to be ‘popular’ in the most profound sense of the word without selling out commercially.
I love their ability to create melancholic-futuristic sound (at the start of their career they were often accused of copying Radiohead, to which they reacted with typical British annoyance), mixing genres such as American hardcore, dance, symphony and space-western, and always getting it just right or at least always getting an emotional reaction!
Of course, the critics have not always been kind to their music, especially The 2nd Law album, but fans of the band from Teignmouth have never been disappointed.
I find their apparent “disorder” to be the essence of what I consider as “going against the grain”, setting aside commercial logic - music has always done that. Going beyond fashions and creating new ones, staying faithful to your way of being and thinking.
Bellamy's style of rock is about creating a wall of noise, raising the rhythmic tension to extremes using plenty of guitar. Muse's sound is both musically and conceptually “powerful”.
Drones (Muse's latest album) might sound like apocalyptic delirium, a prophecy about the future of human beings transformed into drones - themes that could put off fans like me. But I find their use of disturbing sounds that have nothing to do with entertainment and easy listening extremely stimulating.
In a recent interview with ‘Rolling Stone’ about the lyrics on Drones, Matt Bellamy said, “the works of art I like most are the ones that make you think and let you draw your own conclusions”. I feel exactly the same way.
I have always preferred the flawed, the unfinished, the hidden, the excessive and the out of the ordinary to perfection.