Depeche Mode Share First ‘Delta Machine’ Single, “Heaven”

Depeche Mode

Photo: Anton Corbijn

No disrespect to all of the young artists who have albums out this spring but we’re officially declaring March Old British Dudes Month. That’s because we now have two major releases to look forward to: David Bowie’s first album in forever on March 12th, and the return of Depeche Mode two weeks later with Delta Machine. Described as a “bit of a hybrid” between Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion by the band’s main songwriter, Martin Gore, it’ll be supported by the relatively subdued “Heaven” and a round of carefully curated remixes from Matthew Dear, Blawan, Owlle and Steps to Heaven.

“Writing this album was incredibly daunting as I wanted the sound of this collection to be very modern,” Gore explained in an press release. “I want people to feel good about listening to this record, to get some kind of peace. It’s just got something magical about it.”

“With this release we’ve completely shifted our idea of how to create an album,” added frontman Dave Gahan. “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.”

Check out the record’s cover art and complete tracklisting below, alongside a streaming version of its leadoff single, which was premiered on KROQ earlier today…

Depeche Mode - 'Delta Machine'

Depeche Mode, Delta Machine (Sony, March 26th):
1. Welcome To My World
2. Angel
3. Heaven
4. Secret To The End
5. My Little Universe
6. Slow
7. Broken
8. The Child Inside
9. Soft Touch / Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
11. Alone
12. Soothe My Soul
13. Goodbye

  • I am in chock..This is really not good:-( Please bring back Mr Wilder

    • Jazzy

      If you think Alan is responsible for the success of Depeche Mode you are seriously disturbed.

      • Sonics

        @ Jazzy –> disagree: Alan Wilder’s contribution to the way Depeche Mode sounded up to and including “Songs Of Faith of Faith And Devotion” is a significant part of what made them successful up until this point. Sure, the songs themselves had much to do with the band’s success, but these didn’t arrive fully formed, either — the way in which Martin’s demos were fleshed out subsequently gave the band an edge, a distinctive sonic signature, if you will. While Alan didn’t do everything — he worked in conjunction with producers like Flood, for instance — it’s no secret that he had a lot of input: what he brought to the table in terms of depth and detail and arrangements to the songs on albums where he was involved is unmissable. Evidence? Listen to Alan Wilder’s solo albums both pre and post “SOFAD” and listen to the DM albums where he was involved: in terms of the production and the way songs have been realised there is plenty to suggest that this is work by the same individual. With the exception of Tim Simenon’s work on “Ultra”, the production and arrangements on post SOFAD releases are often distinctly uninspired and patchy by comparison with what came before. It’s true that DM post Alan Wilder has retained elements of their signature sound, but another indication that things have been somewhat ‘rudderless’ in this department for some time now is the band’s decision to clutter the songs on “Sounds Of The Universe” with ‘vintage’ sounds as if this alone could somehow magically transform them. It’s no coincidence, either, that Flood has been brought back for Delta Machine…

        • Simon G

          I agree in one regard with your comments -Alan’s contribution to THEN rudderless DM were vital in their development and success -but disagree that since his departure they’ve been somehow bereft of inspiration; the ‘clutter’ you speak of is actually very brave. The shearing noise that opens Playing the Angel and the analog heft that thumps throughout SOTU aren’t attempt to recapture a pre-digital heyday but playing to their strengths, that is, using particular textures and approaches that has formed their signature sound. While Wilder was instrumental -nay, central -to that signature being developed, it doesn’t follow that Gore/Gahan/Fletcher cannot continue to develop it without Wilder. The distinctly digital balladry of ‘Exciter’ marked a change from the type of approach taken by Wilder/Flood, one that was co-opted into their existing palette and leads us to arrive at their recent, very solid efforts.

          Production aside, the songwriting remains central for me and have yet to see the (now) team entirely fluff a release on that front.

          • The debate about Alan’s departure will rage on for eternity, for me there is a simple point to make which should really end all debates. On all the threads I have read I have never come accross someone who actually believes that DM became a better band with Alan’s demise. At best they might have reached their previous high’s on one or two occasions. Ultra and possibly Playing the Angel are the only two ALBUMS that can even begin to be compared IMO. I eagerly anticipate the release of Delta Machine, my feeling is that working with Flood again will be their best chance of getting back to where they need to be. Currently DM have made six albums with and six albums without Alan Wilder. From Delta machine onwards DM will be more about Gore/Gahan/Fletcher than Wilder and all comparisons should end. Wilder invented the DM electronic musical wheel which the band continue to roll. Can they or anybody including Wilder re-invent the wheel? Probably not!

      • Carlo

        Sorry, but you’re “wrong”…even Depeche Mode knows it very well…

  • :-/ Agreed, I love LOVE DM , but seems they have the ability to make really great albums and singles, and then just some how flop on others…at least in the past 10-15 year
    They just couldnt seem to go wrong from Speak and Spell to Ultra, after that its just been hit or miss.. and more often its a miss 🙁 Still they are my favorite band of all time

  • uncle

    i don’t agree. this is song is really good. it even made me cry – don’t know why:( touched me very deep…

    • Carlo

      The ability of making crying is not a reliable parameter to measure the quality of a song, sorry…

  • Shivers down my spine..DM been going for 30 years and still producing class songs.Gahan’s voice is awesome #heaven

  • Alan Wilder made the Depeche Mode trademark sound and this is 100% what made them successful coupled to brilliant songwriting by Martin L. Gore. The two counterpoint each other in a way no other combination of producers has been ever able to approach. If you know anything at all about the history of Depeche Mode then you know that Alan Wilder should be knighted for producing some of the best music in the history of the world ! DM today is a weird facsimile of a band that once was…. great songwriting aside. Dave went rogue and is no longer the front man that he was, he sings for himself whereas he was ‘directed’ in a way that kept to the heart and the focus of Depeche Mode-past. Hopes for the new record, but truly aware that it will never be the essence of what this great band represents.

  • Matthew Aherno

    Alan was a great part of the band, but they were good before him and have been great without him. If he is such a musical genius, where is any post DM success for his solo stuff. He needs DM or than DM needs him. This album is going to be great, i can tell from the 3 track previews.

  • Ross CMR

    “Heaven” is a good single. The video for it isnt bad either

  • Carlo

    What a dreadufl album is Delta Machine..I’ve never thought that Depeche Mode could make
    such a terrible album….Alan Wilder, please, come back to the band!!

  • Carlo

    What a dreadful album is Delta Machine..I’ve never thought that Depeche Mode could make
    such a terrible album….Alan Wilder, please, come back to the band!!

  • Andy

    I agree. Depeche Mode sound got worse more and more since Alan departure…this is true. And everybody knows it very well. Do not find useless alibis, please.