Heaven/Rush

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I’m waiting for the night to fall
I know that it will save us all
When everything’s dark
Keeps us from the stark reality
I’m waiting for the night to fall
When everything is bearable
And there in the still
All that you feel
Is tranquility

“Waiting for the Night to Fall” Depeche Mode

When I come up
When I rush
I rush for you

“Rush” Depeche Mode

 

Last night, I made it to my first ever Depeche Mode concert. I’ve been floating in a bubble of happiness and ecstasy (the natural kind of course) ever since.

Black Celebration

It was a party, I danced, screamed and sang for two hours straight. It was amazing, mind-blowing and a total rush! The only regret I have: Why the hell didn’t I do this sooner?

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I met these two nice men at the concert and the guy on the right borrowed my phone and shot some pictures for me, including sneaking a picture of me onto my phone. I appreciate it, but can’t give credit, so this grainy dark selfie will have to suffice. Hope you had a blast guys.

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The videos below capture the atmosphere much more eloquently than I can right now.

Embedded via youtube.

Welcome to My World

(video by Peter Nordentoft)

Personal Jesus

(video by Muldeberg)

Behind the Wheel

(video also by Muldeberg)

 

Personal Jesus

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Anticipatory Depeche Mode Madness

YEAH! I am totally psyched! I am going to my first ever Depeche Mode concert in November and I am all  jittery with expectations (and just a tiny little nugget of dread since a Depeche Mode concert means A LOT of people. I don’t do A LOT of people very well.) So in celebration of that little fact, I’ll just embed a few video’s of songs I hope to hear, and happily dream away my time until November rolls around.

 

Should Be Higher

Amazing song from Delta Machine. goosebumps!

 

Waiting For The Night To Fall

This song is absolutely magic and every time I hear it I am assaulted by emotions and physical reactions. I don’t know what I’ll do if this is not played at the concert. I might refuse to go home.

 

Behind The Wheel

Slot this in your car stereo of choice, turn up the volume to as loud as you can possibly bear it and just drive.

 

In Your Room

This song, amongst a handful of others, is a writing failsafe for me. If I can’t concentrate, if words are sluggish or impossible to dig out of my brain, I put this on repeat on the iPod and immerse myself in it and whatever story I am writing.

 

Halo

Love! In fact they could play the whole Violator album and I’d be pretty darn happy.

Delta Machine

So the new Depeche Mode album Delta Machine (I am talking about the Deluxe Version) has been out for a couple of weeks and it has been on heavy rotation on the Iphone. The final verdict is not in yet, I am still getting used to the songs, but  this is the first impression on the songs.

Generally the electronics are less playful and experimental than on Sounds of the Universe which is OK. Got an overall 80’ies feel to it.

Welcome To My World: an unexpected* instant hit. I was sold before the intro was over. Deep slow beats and minimal keyboard interference start off the song, but slowly builds up speed and complexity.

Angel: Like the melody, not quite sure about  the vocals yet, even though Dave’s vocals are deep and gritty, which I normally like.

Heaven: I have had a few words to say on Heaven here. Like it well enough, probably a bit better than I did when I wrote that post.

Secret To the End: I am interested, especially the chorus has potential, but could have used a little more.. Umph.

My Little Universe: Boring. Long vapid intro. Subdued vocals. There’s a build up to a chorus that’s almost interesting, but then it fades into more toned down Gahan. Not a song that I will seek out.

Slow:  Interesting riffs. Not sold on it yet.

Broken: Love the vocals on this. Electronics are simple harmonies. Like the chorus a lot. Slow song, but not really a contender for the ballad slot.

The Child Inside: Not impressed. Martin Gore does the vocals on this, and since I prefer Gahan this is not going to be a favorite. It is too slow and it sounds like they’ve turned down the volume on the vocals, giving the electronics the upper hand, which just seems weird to me.

Soft Touch/Raw Nerve: 80’ies keyboard, again those toned down vocals, but this time from Gahan, and his voice is at the deep levels that I love. Still on the fence though.

Should Be Higher:  This song is amazing. It pulls me in, creates a bubble around me. It’s got potential favorite written all over it.   The chorus… WOW! Dave’s doing something new with his vocals. Love, love love it.  The beat makes it hard to sit still.

Alone: again deep tones, which are my favorites, classic Depeche Mode. So much classic, that it feels a little familiar. Its like listening to a song, and not quite being able to tag it to a certain album.

Soothe My Soul: Fast rhythms, love the background electronics and the speed.

Goodbye: Like it very much. The steel guitar riffs, the electronics, Dave.

Happens All The Time: Like it, but it doesn’t stick out much.

Long Time Lie, Always and All That’s Mine: Need to listen to it more.

 

Very few songs are instant hits with me. I need time to reflect and disappear into the songs. They need to time to create a mood and … I don’t know how to explain it. Lets just say that I am a slow listener. Welcome To My World is perfect though.

First Singles and how different they can be.

 

So ironically my first post is going to be about music, even though my not yet clearly formulated mission statement is to write about reading and writing.

Depeche Mode can do very little wrong in my book. I absolutely love most of their music (Most, I said most, there are terrible lapses that makes me curl my toes and cringe) And since DM announced last year, that an album and a tour was imminent, I’ve been crawling the walls to get my hands on new Depeche Mode material.

So Friday morning before I went to work I snug into Itunes and bought the new single Heaven from their upcoming album Delta Machine. I played it repeatedly all day. And I admit I am not convinced. I feel a little … well I guess surprise is the best word.

It is slow, melodic, guitar and piano dominated. Dave Gahan is almost subdued in his vocals. I don’t really know what to make of it.

Around four years ago I felt somewhat the same when the first single from Sounds of the Universe hit the shelves. But for completely different reasons. Wrong was fast paced and had a bad-ass attitude and Dave Gahan sounded very rough and angry. I couldn’t really recognize the style from my back catalog of DM and I was on the fence about it.

So these two singles cannot be any further from each other, not in style, in rhythm, in tempo, in subject and still my hesitation is almost the same, though since I am more drawn to rock than to slow, melodic, it only took me a few plays of Wrong to make me sing along.

Heaven has this very dominating Hi-hat cha-ching and old fashioned simple keyboard rhythms. It is so far from Wrong with its heavy elements of rock, that I am now even less sure of what to expect from the new album. Introspective, slow-tempoed musings?

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I am just a little bit worried. I cross my fingers for more electronics, more deep dark voiced Gahan vocals. And then I comfort myself with the fact that it is never the singles I fall in love with. More often than not it is the songs that the radio stations never play that make my skin tingle and my head all light and dreamy.

I’ve embedded the video’s of Wrong and Heaven for your listening convenience.

Heaven by Depeche Mode.

Reservations aside, I do like the Martin Gore – Dave Gahan harmonies and there is something amazingly alluring to the feedback like sound toward the end of the song. If you ask me in a few months I probably love this song to bits. Fickle mind I tell you!

 

Wrong by Depeche Mode

It is not a song I seek out again and again, but when it passes by on the shuffle mode I like it a lot.