Published Jun 13, 2011Despite the fact that Vincent Clarke left Depeche Mode in 1981 and hadn't worked with the remaining members since, the band co-founder appeared on the group's recent remix compilation. Now, Clarke is reuniting with former bandmate Martin Gore for a new techno project.
The news comes via Billboard, who report that Clarke was the first one to approach Gore.
"Out of the blue I got an email from [Clarke] just saying, 'I'm interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?'" Gore said. "This was maybe nine months, a year ago. He said, 'No pressure, no deadlines,' so I said, 'Okay,' and that's what we've been doing the last six months."
While details are scarce, the duo have already finished recording their debut album. "It was something different," Gore said, "and we didn't have conversations about it. It was more just like emails and file-sharing. It was something completely different -- no vocals, all instrumental stuff."
As for when this project will be released, Gore added that it could take a while to surface, saying, "Even though it will probably be finished quite soon, it might not see the light of day for awhile."
Depeche Mode's Remixes 2: 81-11 is out now via Mute.