This is for all you Depeche Mode diehards like myself. If I was asked who was my all time favorite band it would be Depeche Mode. Depeche Mode has opened doors for many electronica/pop bands since their debut album Speak & Spell back in 1980. Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, Alan Wilder.
With the band’s new single ‘Heaven’ getting leaked last week, we were able to hear up close the bluesy edge that Gahan was keen to hear in the songs recorded for ‘Delta Machine’, which will he released in March. All of the requisite Depeche Mode elements were there – soul-exposing lyrics, effortless harmonies from Gahan and Martin Gore, gutsy guitar and a palette of obscure electronic glitches and noises that belong on a Raster Noton track rather than a rock song.
‘Heaven’ sounds nothing like the rest of the album. It’s a record filled with contradictions and surprises. There are moments of intricate beauty, songs which sound like Depeche Mode recycling their best bits through a thoroughly modern filter and tracks that echo their early Eighties synth-pop roots. The blues that Gahan wanted to showcase is undoubtedly here, but it’s a uniquely Depeche take on the blues. Musically, the whole thing is dense, crammed with ideas, tracks evolving frequently from basic beginnings to completely unexpected conclusions.
Twenty years ago, Depeche Mode released ‘Songs Of Faith And Devotion‘, a record filled with howling guitars, noise blasts, gospel pleas and few echoes of their previous electronic works. Gahan was re-cast as a nihilistic long-haired, tattooed rockstar wastrel. With ‘Delta Machine’, and particularly on the strength of ‘Heaven’ many fans were expecting some sort of much-delayed follow-up to that album. The truth is that ‘Delta Machine’ feels like a follow-up to more or less everything that this band have done across their thirty-odd year existence. – Clash
Sometimes I slide away, silently
I slowly lose myself, over and over
Take comfort in my skin endlessly
Surrender to my will forever and ever
I dissolve in trust
I will sing with joy
I will end up dust
I’m in heaven
I stand in golden rays radiantly
I burn a fire of love, over and over
Reflecting endlešs light, relentlessly
I have embraced the flame forever and ever
I will scream a word
Jump into the void
I will guide the herd
Up to heaven
Heaven currently has two covers, so if your smart you’ll buy both as DM is notorious to have different b-sides on each version.
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