In the four decades since Depeche Mode released their first single, they have quietly sustained a career as one of the UK’s biggest musical exports. At that time, they’ve notched up incredible sales, such is their global devoted fanbase. Yet in their homeland, they’ve been consistently overlooked. Depeche Mode’s new book, ‘Faith And Devotion’ written by Ian Gittins, attempts to unveil important facts, penning a worthy tribute to the Electro-Pop pioneers.
Gittin’s book takes you on a researched journey through the Basildon boys’ rise from an all-electronic, anti-rock cliche entity to elegantly wasted dons of debauchery with the world at their feet, adopting an accessible, easy-to-navigate album-by-album trip through their discography complete, with recording dates/venues, chart positions, track listings, etc. Of course, this will allow readers to dip in and out, depending on which version of Depeche they favor.
In terms of backstory, which is interwoven with an in-depth behind-the-scenes recollection of each album, the years in which they produced their greatest works. As well as being transitional musically, with the band swapping their synths for an industrial rockish approach. Gittins also explores the changes in the group dynamic and how close the band came to falling apart due to personal issues consuming its members, most notably, Dave Gahan’s drug addiction. Moreover, you’ll be happy to see the evolution of their strong visual identity over their career through groundbreaking photos.
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Video Premiere: Black Eyed Peas – GUARANTEE
“GUARANTEE” is one of the coolest singles from Black Eyed Peas’ ninth studio album, ‘ELEVATION.’ Will.i.Am and his group opted for a more Pop-oriented approach in this catchy tune.
The music video was created using artificial intelligence and it looks pretty futuristic. Of course, Black Eyed Peas never ceases to surprise old and new fans with their authentic style and creative concepts for their projects.
On the other hand, the lyrics convey a message of intense desire, love, and a promise to fulfill the other person’s needs and desires. This is a fun composition that you can dedicate to your lover if he has really touched your heart.
As a matter of fact, the ‘ELEVATION’ album boasts an impressive lineup of renowned artists such as Anitta, El Alfa, Anuel AA, Marshall Jefferson, J. Rey Soul, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, Nicole Scherzinger, and Ozuna. A significant portion of the tracks in the album carry the infectious and popular Reggaeton vibe too.
Certainly, a rich and diverse musical experience that you won’t want to miss.
Lastly, these guys have been rocking for decades, and they know how to stay current and admired by everyone thanks to their chameleonic style.
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Eva Spanko Invites You To Reflect, Listen To “What Are We Now?”
With vocals that are radio-friendly and lyrics that everyone can relate to, Eva Spanko will capture your attention. “What Are We Now?” is a brand-new Electro-Pop track that encourages you to think about your love relationship.
Of course, she excels not only in singing but also in her ability to write powerful songs. The title itself, “What Are We Now?” implies uncertainty and a desire for clarity, which is something pretty common when you’re dating someone you really like. And sometimes this type of situation goes beyond a platonic relationship.
Personally, I admire her creativity in producing such an excellent composition that you can dance to and sing along with, especially during moments of introspection.
Unlike traditional poppy anthems that often celebrate the joys and excitement of being enamored, reflective love songs delve into the complexities, and bittersweet aspects of connections.
Without a doubt, “What Are We Now?” could be a perfect example of this subgenre of romantic songs. And that’s exactly the magic of music because there’s always a tune that can beautifully interpret the myriad emotions and experiences that love brings.
In addition, the music video showcases a simple and intimate choreography that explains it all.
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The Last Concorde & The Lightning Kids Create Retro-Infused Music
Experience a wave of nostalgia as The Last Concorde and The Lightning Kids bring retro sounds to the table in their excellent collaboration “Back To You.” Let Emma Ballantine’s talented voice seduce your ears!
One way or another, “Back To You” takes listeners on a journey through the intricacies of unrequited love, beautifully encapsulating the essence of sun-soaked days and endless nights beneath the starry skies of 1980s California.
Nevertheless, in the official music video, the central characters of this tune find themselves amidst arcade machines on a set. Do you remember playing Pacman and Space Invaders back in your youth?
Perhaps, they are not as famous as Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus, but when you compose high-quality songs that doesn’t matter at all. Often, good artist are the ones who truly shine thanks to their craftsmanship and passion, regardless of how well-known they are.
Indeed, “Back To You” is like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. If you’re someone who can’t resist the allure of retro-infused melodies, just like me, then you’re in for an absolute musical treat with this specific track.
In conclusion, there’s nothing better than listening to vintage synthesizers and well-written lyrics on an ongoing basis.
You can witness much more in the new album ‘Flashback’ via Spotify.