Duran Duran Releases New Album “DANSE MACABRE”
British rock band Duran Duran, consisting of Nick Rhodes (keyboards), Simon Le Bon (vocals), John Taylor (bass) and Roger Taylor (drums), released the sixteenth studio album “DANSE MACABRE” on October 27, 2023 via BMG and Tape Modern.
It is a Halloween-themed album and is their first album in two years since the 2021 album “Future Past”.
The album comprises 13-track, including three new tracks, covers and reimagined versions of older Duran Duran material.
The album features guest appearances from American guitarist Nile Rodgers and Italian rock band Måneskin's bassist Victoria DeAngelis. Produced by Josh Blair, Duran Duran, Mr Hudson, and Nile Rodgers.
Also, Former guitarists Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo joined in the album, making their first appearances since the 2004 album “Astronaut” and 2000 album “Pop Trash”, respectively.
- The band keyboardist Nick Rhodes said of the album, “The song 'Danse Macabre' celebrates the joy and madness of Halloween. It is the title track of our album, which gathers together an unusual mix of cover versions, reworked Duran Duran songs and several new compositions. The idea was born out of a show we played in Las Vegas on Oct. 31, 2022. We had decided to seize the moment to create a unique, special event... the temptation of using glorious gothic visuals set to a dark soundtrack of horror and humor was simply irresistible. That evening inspired us to explore further and to make an album, using Halloween as the key theme. The record metamorphosed through a pure, organic process, and not only was it made faster than anything since our debut album, it has also resulted in something none of us could have ever predicted. Emotion, mood, style and attitude have always been at the heart of Duran Duran's DNA – we search for light in the darkness and darkness in the light – and I feel we have somehow managed to capture the essence of all of that in this project.”
Simon Le Bon elaborates said, “It's about a crazy Halloween party. It's supposed to be fun!”
John Taylor said “After all these years, 'Danse Macabre' offers an interesting insight into the personality of the band. The music packs a real punch.”
Roger Taylorsaid , “I hope you take a journey with us through the darker side of our inspirations into where we're at in 2023. Maybe, you'll leave with a deeper understanding of how Duran Duran got to this moment in time.”
Duran Duran explained some tracks for the album.
“BLACK MOONLIGHT” featuring Nile Rogers
Nick Rhodes said, “Nile Rogers is a force of nature. When we get into a room, we start playing, and magic happens. Nile always says that CHIC is his first band, and Duran Duran is his second. Thematically, I personally prefer the moon to the sun. Simon took the idea and ran with it.”
Simon Le Bon said, “'Black Moonlight' is this classic Duran Duran-Nile Rodgers collaboration. When Nile started playing his guitar in the studio, he really inspired everyone with his riff, and the song just kind of wrote itself.”
Duran Duran “DANSE MACABRE”
Nick Rhodes said, “The song 'Danse Macabre' celebrates the joy and madness of Halloween.”
“PSYCHO KILLER” featuring Victoria De Angelis
John Taylor said,“When Psycho Killer made the cut for the album, I thought, 'I'm gonna ask her if she'd like to have a bass-off!'. She is probably the most important electric bassist out there right now. The first time I met Vic, I asked her who her bass inspirations were. Right away, she said, 'Tina Weymouth!; I said, 'Me too.' When the idea of covering 'Psycho Killer' came up, I thought, 'I'm going to call Vic.' She loved the idea, naturally!”
Victoria DeAngelis said, “I got a call from John… saying he was working on a cover of 'Psycho Killer,' and he wanted to ask me first about playing on it. It was insane being asked by one of the greatest bass players ever to play one of my favorite songs with Duran Duran. Absolutely insane. I'm so grateful and honored, it was so much fun recording together with John and he was so sweet to me and encouraged me to express myself and play it my own way. I'll always remember that day.”
- source : Apple Music