Depeche Mode Reveal Release Date for 13th Album
For Depeche Mode fans (and anyone, in general, who likes synthpop), a new Depeche Mode record is materializing even further. Back in October, details for the tour were announced, as well as some points about the album, but as of December 11, the band revealed when the record will actually hit stores.
The still-untitled release – their 13th in a 30-year career – comes out in March 2013 on Columbia Records. As Spin points out, the album marks another turning point in their trajectory: the end of their relationship with EMI, who took on Mute Records in 2002. The release, it was further revealed, will include tracks written by Martin Gore and David Gahan.
Gore, the group’s primary songwriter, said in a statement: “I am very happy with how the album turned out. The music has a similar vibe to ‘Violator’ and ‘Songs of Faith and Devotion’ and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we’ve done. The album has a very organic and direct feel to it. It's not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more.”
In their conference call from Paris in October, Depeche Mode mentioned that 20 tracks are expected to be on the release, and Ben Hillier, who previously worked with them on Sounds of the Universe and Playing the Angel, is resuming his role. Their tour, as well, kicks off on May 7 in Tel Aviv and lasts through July.