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INDIO, CA - APRIL 19: Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 19, 2014 in Indio, California.

We apparently shouldn’t be holding our breath for the next Muse album.

Although the British trio has been working on new material for a follow-up to 2015’s Drones it now sounds like that may be released as individual songs rather than a full-length album.

Bassist Chris Wolstenholme tells Music Feeds that with the focus on streaming, “It seems to be that the whole industry and the platforms for listening to music are catered around people listening to individual songs and creating their own playlists and things like that,” which has led Muse to plan for song releases in the near future.

He explains that, “Sometimes as a band — even in times when you’re off — you don’t necessarily feel like you want to make an entire album, but sometimes it’s quite nice to get together as a band for a bit of fun and if anything comes of it you think well, ‘Well why not release it as a standalone single?’ I think for years things have been tapered around an album campaign, promoting an album and having singles to promote the album. I guess we all felt that with the way that streaming works these days and that there’s so much emphasis on individual songs, that there was no reason why we couldn’t do that.”

Nevertheless, Wolstenholme adds that, “I know at some point we will do another album but I think it’s a nice thing to do in the meantime so the fans feel like they’re still getting something; we haven’t completely disappeared off the face of the planet.”

Muse next performs at the Benefit In Aid of the Passage on Saturday (August 19) in London has shows booked in the U.K., the U.S. and Australia before the end of the year.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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