One Track Mind: Depeche Mode, “Heaven” from Delta Machine (2013)

Dimly foreboding, funereal in the most intriguing of ways, Depeche Mode’s new single “Heaven” moves with a delicious deliberateness. It’s all atmosphere, all feel, completely enveloping.

And completely in keeping with some of their most celebrated work — from its pulsing melody, to those weird industrial sounds to Martin Gore’s majestically dark lyrics, as conveyed by that impossibly fragile nihilist Dave Gahan.

Think “The Things You Said,” from 1987′s Music for the Masses, but with more of the well-placed guitar touches that propelled 1993′s Songs of Faith and Devotion.

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: The last thing we thought we wanted, back in 2003, was a pair of solo albums from Depeche Mode's David Gahan and Martin Gore. Turns out, we were wrong.]

This lead single, from the forthcoming Ben Hillier-produced, Flood-mixed album Delta Machine, wasn’t due until next week. But “Heaven” leaked, along with its B-side, across several web platforms — including the Los Angeles radio station KROQ. It’s our first glimpse inside of Depeche Mode’s first studio project since 2009, and 13th long-player overall.

Fans, of course, will remember Flood for his work on some of Depeche Mode’s most celebrated albums, including the triple-platinum selling Violator, from 1990. Delta Machine is set for release on March 26, 2013 via Columbia.

An official video for “Heaven,” meanwhile, is expected on Friday.


Nick DeRiso

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  • Jman

    WOW a wonderful song from DM. Heaven is fresh and cutting edge. Hopefully it will get some airplay!