Depeche Mode today announced that Columbia Records will release its upcoming 13th studio album in March, signalling an end to the synthpop act’s relationship with EMI Music, which picked up the group when it purchased Mute Records in 2002. Neither an exact release date nor the album’s title have been revealed.
Following the release of the record, DM will embark on an already-announced European tour, opening May 7 in Tel Aviv, to be followed by a full North American trek, details of which are “to be announced shortly,” according to today’s announcement.
In the message posted to the band’s website, Martin Gore reiterates his prior comments about the sound of the new record: “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.”
Dave Gahan adds: “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 October, Depeche Mode previewed an untitled track as the first taste of the new record.
Today’s announcement of the Columbia signing does not include any reference to Depeche Mode’s status with longtime home Mute Records, which severed its ties with EMI in 2010 and is once again an independent label.
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