English duo Soulsavers have tapped plenty of guest vocalists over the course of three albums, featuring the likes of The Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan, Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, The Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes and Pulp’s Richard Hawley. For their latest album, The Light The Dead See, Rich Machin and Ian Glover scored Depeche Mode’s David Gahan.
Soulsavers opened a portion of DM’s Tour Of The Universe, which is when the seeds of the collaboration were sown. So while Martin Gore was emailing techno tracks back and forth with Vince Clarke, Gahan decided to sit in on Soulsavers’ sessions, saying “Everything about it was relatively unplanned, surprising: a magical thing. We were a perfect match and I’m very, very excited about this record.”
The first single, “Longest Day,” is a pretty soulful lament with swelling strings, gospel backup singers and Gahan’s trademark baritone:
That’s awesome. A digital download of the single will be released April 7th, with the full album due May 21st on V2 .