Jump into the Void, Depeche Mode.

Jump into the Void, Depeche Mode.

Given his previous, it’s little wonder Dave Gahan has something of an enduring fixation with all things supernal: whether Playing the Angel or hauling down the previously released and tentatively entitled Angel of Love, he drifted close enough to most likely witness the pallid reflection of a dweller of Heaven itself all those earthly years ago. And here once more Depeche Mode find themselves turning to the skies for inspiration, as Heaven indeed unfolds: the lead track from forthcoming thirteenth Delta Machine, the single is a perhaps suitably melodramatic comeback from the Basildon boys as Feelin’ Good keys tonk away under Gahan’s suave lamentations of sliding away “silently”; of losing himself “over and over”; of taking comfort in the warmth of his fleshy coating “endlessly”. There’s a sense of the infinite to it, as it steadily builds to a smouldering eruption of chorus: “I dissolve in trust/ I will sing with joy/ I will end up dust/ I’m in Heaven”, Gahan and Martin Gore chime in unison atop a startlingly rudimentary riff courtesy of the latter. It’s real simplicity with Gahan assuming the role of wearied mortal and Gore’s operatic bawl that of the unearthly unknown, although when carried off quite so impeccably its unperturbed lack of pizzazz is of negligible significance. And ultimately, thank fuck they’re still with us…

Delta Machine is released March 25th via Sony Music.

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