Depeche Mode Reveal Title, Release Date for 13th Studio Album
Talk of a new Depeche Mode album surfaced last year, and now the title and release date are official. Announced last week, Depeche Mode’s 13th studio album is titled Delta Machine and is scheduled for worldwide release on March 26. Aside from a standard version, a deluxe edition features a second disc of tracks and a 28-page booklet.
Members of the seminal synthpop band have called Delta Machine “modern” and “organic” – a change from Sounds of the Universe’s use of 1980s synthesizers. Speaking about the release, frontman and occasional songwriter David Gahan said in a statement: "With this release we've completely shifted our idea of how to create an album."
In describing the process behind the album, Gahan went onto say: "When we hit a wall where we realize the album is beginning to sound too normal, we'll mess it up and really give it that organic Depeche Mode sound. ‘Delta Machine’ is no different."
Recorded in New York and California, Delta Machine has Ben Hillier producing again. Hillier, for those unaware, worked with the three-piece act on 2009’s Sounds of the Universe and 2005’s Playing the Angel. Flood mixed the record. Delta, as well, is Depeche Mode’s first album on Columbia Records.
To support the album, single “Heaven” is expected to be out sometime in February. After the album’s release, the group starts a two-month European stadium tour on May 7 in Tel Aviv and continues their string of 34 dates in 24 countries through July. A North American leg is predicted to follow, although dates have not been announced.