Muse is pulling out all the stops in advance of their new album, Drones. The record drops next week, but we already have five of the songs to enjoy. The latest is “The Handler,” a song with a heavy bass and refreshing old school Muse vibe. Matt lets his vocals slide up into his falsetto register during the chorus as the beat stops time.
The “Handler” lyric video is as mesmerizing as the song itself. An evil looking puppeteer is surrounded by a carousel of well-known characters and toys: Alice from Alice In Wonderland, Pinocchio, the pumpkin carriage from Cinderella, a teddy bear, a faced moon, and more circle above Muse as the band plays through “The Handler.” Watch it below:
Drones is a concept album inspired by the book Predators: The CIA’s Drone War on al Qaeda by Brian Glyn Williams.This fits into the overarching story told throughout Drones. As Rolling Stone recently reported, the album is “a concept about the dehumanizing aspects of drone technology.”
The songs tell a story, and “The Handler” comes at a pivotal point for the album’s protagonist. As Matt described to Rolling Stone:
They’re about being overcome by these oppressive forces. Midway through “The Handler,” in the darkest places, the protagonist, or me, since I’m singing in the first person, feels this desire to actually feel something. They decide, “I don’t want to be used by others. I don’t want to be controlled. I don’t want to be a cold, non-feeling person. I want to actually feel something.” The desire to fight against the oppressors sinks in.
Muse’s new album, Drones, comes out next week, on June 9th. You can pre-order it on iTunes now and get instant downloads of “The Handler,” “Reapers,” “Mercy,” “Dead Inside,” and “Psycho.” Be sure to read up on everything that went into making the album. Keep checking back here for all the latest Muse news – with their album just around the corner, and a tour to follow, there will be plenty going on!