Unique album finds Dave & Soulsavers breathing new life into carefully selected tracks imbued with personal meaning
√ First song, ‘Metal Heart,’ available Oct. 8
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), will release a new album on Nov. 12. Titled “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, Cat Power and Mark Lanegan, amongst others.
A press release stated, “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.”
Gahan confessed, “When I listen to other people’s voices and songs – more importantly the way they sing them and interpret the words – I feel at home. I identify with it. It comforts me more than anything else. There’s not one performer on the record who I haven’t been moved by.”
He added, “I know we made something special, and I hope other people feel that and it takes them on a little kind of trip – especially people who love music and have for years.”
The first offering from “Imposter” will be “Metal Heart.” Written by Chan Marshall (Cat Power), and first released in 1998, the reimagined version from Dave & Soulsavers will drop on Oct. 8.
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers (Credit: Spencer Ostrander and Joe Magowan/courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment / Columbia Records)
Unlike Dave Gahan & Soulsavers’ past albums, which were transatlantic collaborations where the duo recorded separately and passed parts back and forth, the recording of “Imposter” was done live as a 10-member band at the famed Shangri-La Recording Studio in Malibu, California, in November of 2019. This allowed for not only a more intimate collaboration, but for Dave & Soulsavers to 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, Gahan 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,” also produced by Machin and Gahan, serves as 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 Nov. 12 through Columbia Records.