Duran Duran Deliver Gothic Synthpop on ‘Danse Macabre’ Ahead of Spooky New Album

Duran Duran celebrate the spooky and sinister on their freshly announced new album Danse Macabre. Inspired by the band’s Halloween performance in Las Vegas in 2022, the group decided to craft the ultimate Halloween party album brimming with covers, rare numbers and original tracks.

Title track Danse Macabre is one of three original new tracks, a slice of moody synthpop that sees them collaborate with  Mr Hudson, who helped craft their 2015 album Paper Gods. Nick Rhodes shares: “The song ‘Danse Macabre’ celebrates the joy and madness of Halloween.

He continues: “It is the title track of our forthcoming 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 October 31st, 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.

Album collaborators include Nile Rodgers, Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin, and producers Josh Blair and Mr Hudson, whilst a number of the tracks will be familiar to pop fans. Duran Duran’s Halloween covers of Billie Eilish’s ‘Bury A Friend’, Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ (feat. Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin), The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, the Rick James-inspired ‘Super Lonely Freak’, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Spellbound’, Cerrone’s ‘Supernature’ and The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’.

You can see the full tracklist below:

Black Moonlight
Love Voudou
Bury A Friend
Danse Macabre
Secret Oktober 31st
Ghost Town
Paint It Black
Super Lonely Freak
Psycho Killer (feat. Victoria De Angelis)
Confession in the Afterlife

Danse Macabre will be released on October 27 via Tape Modern for BMG with artwork featuring images adapted from a collection of authentic vintage séance photos sourced by Nick Rhodes at auction. 

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