I was contacted by Muse to create an illustrated album cover for their new studio album, Simulation Theory. The art combines Matt, Dom and Chris with the characters from their latest music videos, Something Human, Thought Contagion, Dig Down and The Dark Side.
Talking to Kerrang! drummer Dom Howard explains;
"It was my idea to create something that looked like a film poster. I've wanted to do that for a few albums - some kind of slightly vintage movie poster. That hasn't worked out, but this time, once we started working on videos with this director, Lance Drake, we realised it would be cool."
"We wanted to do it properly: we had to find the right person, it had to be illustrated by hand, it had to actually look like a movie poster," explains Dom. "We looked at a few different people, but I knew that Kyle, who did Stranger Things, would be the one. I'd seen a load of his work aside from Stranger Things and I knew he could nail it. Color-wise and stylistically, we gave him a little direction, and he knew exactly what to do. And now I'm glad that the idea finally came to light. Plus, at night time, on an LED billboard, it'll look awesome!"
Simulation Theory debuted number 1 worldwide, featuring cover art on Digital Download, CD, Deluxe, Vinyl and Cassette formats.
Design & Illustration : Kyle Lambert
Art Direction : MUSE & Jesse Lee Stout
Graphic Design : Jesse Lee Stout & Alex Tenta