While enjoying a short break from Depeche Mode, singer Dave Gahan reunited with production crew Soulsavers for a second collaboration album, Angels & Ghosts, due out this fall. “All of This and Nothing,” the first track to be released from the record, finds them dwelling in cinematic strings and gospel organ and tambourine while Gahan croons about a ghost outside his window haunting him. The nine-track album will come out on October 23rd.
Gahan collaborated with Soulsavers, who have produced albums for Will Oldham and Mark Langean, in 2012 on the record The Light the Dead See. The group performed live with Gahan around the time of that record, and they have scheduled six dates together, with support from a 10-piece band, for later this year.
The new album, credited to Dave Gahan and Soulsavers, began life as the singer and group member Rich Machin shared song ideas from their respective homes in New York City and rural England. They recorded the LP at Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound and New York’s Electric Lady, as well as other studios around the world.
Gahan hasn’t been the only Depeche Mode member to stay active while the group takes a break. Earlier this year, Martin Gore released an instrumental record titled simply MG. “Words are always more difficult than the actual creating and melody,” he told Rolling Stone of the experience. “Music is important, but words are important, and to be able to focus on one of them and not worry about the other was liberating.”
Late last year, Depeche Mode issued the concert film Live in Berlin, which was shot while they toured in support of their most recent record, 2013’s Delta Machine. “Berlin has a special place in the hearts of Depeche Mode,” filmmaker Anton Corbijn said in a statement at the time of the DVD’s release. “Likewise, Depeche Mode has a strong following in the German capital and the film tries to capture the highlights of these concerts as well as that special connection through interviews with fans and bands alike.” Gahan and Soulsavers will perform in Berlin later this year.
Angels & Ghosts Track List
2. “You Owe Me”
4. “All of This and Nothing”
5. “One Thing”
6. “Don’t Cry”
8. “The Last Time”
9. “My Sun”
Dave Gahan and Soulsavers Tour Dates:
October 19 – Los Angeles @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 22 – New York @ Town Hall
October 26 – London @ Shepherds Bush Empire
October 30 – Berlin @ Tempodrom
November 2 – Paris @ La Cigale
November 4 – Milan @ Fabrique