Though they were only in Depeche Mode together for a short time, Clarke and Gore’s relationship was icy at best for decades. That all changed with an email from Clarke asking Gore to collaborate on a techno project. What followed was a “Postal Service” arrangement — pinging tracks back and forth, adding bits and making edits, until they were both satisfied with the result.
And that result is darker, harder and more challenging than anything either have done independently. Despite their shared Speak & Spell roots, Ssss has nary a nod to pop. Still, it’s fascinating to hear the soundscapes two of electronic music’s most successful artists have built together: