Dave Gahan & Soulsavers Release New Album IMPOSTER Today
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers Release New Album IMPOSTER Today;
Multi-platinum selling, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted recording artist and songwriter Dave Gahan, along with long time musical partner Soulsavers (Rich Machin), proudly present their anxiously awaited new album Imposter, available today. It can be heard here.
On Imposter, Gahan takes listeners on a personal journey of 12 meticulously chosen reimagined songs from across genres and time periods, including selections from Neil Young, Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Lanegan, amongst others. One would be remiss to refer to Imposter as a cover album. Rather, Imposter is a story of songs, which Dave Gahan & Soulsavers listened to, studied, absorbed, and gave a new life. All of the songs have deep meaning to Dave, making Imposter a reflection of Dave’s life – a story told by others, but in his own distinct voice.
Check out the full tracklisting below.
Right out of the gate, Imposter has incited critical applause. The Chicago Reader observed, “Gahan is gifted at uplifting material by other people,” and Blackbook referred to Imposter as “arguably the most perfectly realized covers album ever.” Clash described the band’s version of “Always On My Mind” as “a towering, accomplished, pivotal moment…” and the album as one “that positions Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan’s voice in new and unexpected ways, exuding a diverse array of complex, unfamiliar emotions and revealing an artist able to effortlessly switch direction.” Meanwhile, RIFF dubbed it “a beautiful, thematically coherent album that rewards repeat listens.”
Regarding Imposter, Gahan noted, “When you’re taking a song that somebody else has already made magical, the most important thing is if you’re going to cover it as a group of musicians you’ve got to find your sound for it. It’s got to be you. Otherwise, you won’t believe it. We made it ours.”
Imposter track listing:
1. The Dark End of the Street
2. Strange Religion
3. Lilac Wine
4. I Held My Baby Last Night
5. A Man Needs a Maid
6. Metal Heart
7. Shut Me Down
8. Where My Love Lies Asleep
10. The Desperate Kingdom of Love
11. Not Dark Yet
12. Always On My Mind
The recording of Imposter was done live as a ten-member band at the famed Shangri-La Recording Studio in Malibu, CA in November of 2019. This allowed for not only a more intimate collaboration than on previous Dave Gahan and Soulsavers projects, but let them truly absorb the atmosphere and have the space to breathe a different spirit into the tracks.
Imposter is the collaborators’ third album, following their critically acclaimed 2015 release Angels & Ghosts and their first release, 2012’s The Light the Dead See. The album will be released in digital, as well as physical formats, worldwide on November 12th through Columbia Records.