Grammy-nominated electro-experimental rock band Mutemath returns with their fifth full-length effort Play Dead. The collection deviates from the sunbeam laced songs that comprised 2015's Vitals, the electronic spin of 2016's Changes, and their latest release, a collaboration EP with Twenty One Pilots entitled TØPxMM (The Mutemath Sessions). In making the new music for Play Dead, the band took an unhinged and unguarded approach, while also pulling inspiration from previous albums including, 2011's fan-favorite Odd Soul.
"We played every chord we knew, we included every beat, fill and effect we could imagine and let the harmonies and arrangements roam wherever they could find space. There wasn't a lot of 'hey, you probably shouldn't do that.' It was more 'hey, how can you go even further?'" says drummer/programmer Darren King. Lead vocalist/keyboardist Paul Meany adds, "I think what we wound up with for the first time is a Mutemath album with no guard rails. Which after making 5 of these now, it's been an invigorating experience to say the least."
Lead single, "Hit Parade," takes listeners on a deep psychological journey with thought-provoking lyrics that reveal an alternate side of a constantly evolving group. Meany notes, "this is first song we've ever recorded that sounds like what Mutemath set out to sound like from the very beginning."