BMG recording artists Duran Duran have announced their 16th studio album, Danse Macabre, in time for this year’s Halloween. The album is due for release October 27, via BMG
Danse Macabre is the soundtrack to Duran Duran’s ultimate Halloween party. Across 13 tracks the band unearths bright melodies from the darkness, threading together new songs, themed covers, and newly reimagined versions of their own ‘spooky’ classics.
Title track ‘Danse Macabre’ is released today as the first of three brand new songs. Anxious percussion sets the tempo against a distorted, growling synthesizer as Simon Le Bon’s swaggering verses give way to a handclap-laden and hypnotic hook.
Teaming with producer Mr. Hudson, channeling the chemistry they unlocked together on the Paper Gods album, the song also features former band-mate Warren Cuccurullo on guitar in his first collaboration with the band since 2001.
Speaking on the album Simon Le Bon said: “It’s about a crazy Halloween party. It’s supposed to be fun!”. John Taylor added: “After all these years, Danse Macabre offers an interesting insight into the personality of the band. The music packs a real punch.”
Fans can also look forward to 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’.
Danse Macabre is not just an album for Halloween. Elsewhere, ‘Black Moonlight’ sees the band’s timeless songwriting break into dance-rock glamor with the addition of Nile Rodgers and Andy Tayloron guitar, where epic coda ‘Confession In The Afterlife’ finds Duran Duran reunited with producer Mr. Hudson anew.