Dave Gahan & Soulsavers Release “Metal Heart”
First Song From Forthcoming Album IMPOSTER
IMPOSTER to be Released November 12th
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), have released “Metal Heart” – the first track from their forthcoming album Imposter, out November 12th.
Written by Chan Marshall (Cat Power), and first released in 1998, the reimagined version from Dave & Soulsavers can be heard here. Prior to the release of the track, Dave Gahan and Soulsavers made available a first preview of the project, complete with intimate studio footage from the recording of the album and a sample of their version of “Metal Heart”; watch here.
In reflecting on “Metal Heart” Dave commented, “It’s probably my favourite at the moment. It was really such a great performance to record because it had this arc, starting as just this little thing which by the end grows into a monster, and to me that same arc also reflects the sentiment of the song.”
On Imposter, Dave 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.
Imposter track listing:
- The Dark End of the Street
- Strange Religion
- Lilac Wine
- I Held My Baby Last Night
- A Man Needs a Maid
- Metal Heart
- Shut Me Down
- Where My Love Lies Asleep
- The Desperate Kingdom of Love
- Not Dark Yet
- 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. In an interview with podcaster and media personality Chris Black, Dave noted, “This was the first time we were all in one space. It was kind of lucky [timing] as well… Arriving at Shangri-La every day, it was magical. We’d have coffee, go in, and work.”
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.