Fans of Depeche Mode were abuzz last month over news that Vince Clarke and Martin Gore were working together on a “techno-ish track.” Now it seems the ex-bandmates’ collaboration is even broader: In an interview today by The Quietus, Clarke confirms he’s working on a full “dance record” with Gore.
Last month, Clarke, who’s been working on the next Erasure album, tweeted via his @thecabinstudio account: “Am working on the track ‘Zaat.’ Collaborating with Martin (Gore) (from Basildon).” Clarke previously mentioned that same song in a tweet about his cat, in which he added, “I’m working on a techno-ish track called Zaat.”
In today’s interview with The Quietus, Clarke elaborates:
“I am collaborating with Martin Gore on a kind of dancey record. I e-mailed him and asked if he wanted to make a dance record. It’s going to be a long, long process. I’m e-mailing him my ideas and he’s e-mailing me ideas back and so we’re just compiling stuff that way, but it’s moving along so I’m quite excited about that.”
Clarke added that he hadn’t spoken to Gore about the project before e-mailing the Depeche Mode songwriter: “I think I’d had a few beers and I just did it. I thought, ‘He can only say no,’ but he came back with a positive response and I thought, ‘Excellent.'” As to when the project could be finished, Clarke said he “had no idea.”
Gore and Clarke, pictured above in a 2007 snapshot posted on Erasure’s official site, parted ways nearly 30 years ago when Clarke quite Depeche Mode. The duo didn’t write together during their short time together in DM; Clarke wrote the bulk of the band’s 1981 debut, Speak & Spell, while Gore contributed the songs “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “Big Muff” — and then became chief songwriter after Clarke’s departure.
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