Depeche Mode

There’s nothing like a little synth-infused gloom to jump start a Wednesday.

After a few years away, Depeche Mode have returned with a new album called Delta Machine (out March 26), and today they dropped the first single in “Heaven.” It’s an exquisite dirge in the DM tradition, full of foreboding industrial noise, subliminal melodies, and, as always, frontman Dave Gahan’s beautifully dark bellow. Give it a spin here.

Delta Machine will be Depeche Mode’s 13th album. It was recorded in Santa Barbara, CA, and in New York City, and is produced by Flood (who has manned the board on most of the band’s biggest releases, including 1990’s triple-platinum Violator).

“Writing this album was incredibly daunting as I wanted the sound of this collection to be very modern,” chief songwriter and instrumentalist Martin Gore said via a press release. “I want people to feel good about listening to this record, to get some kind of peace. It’s just got something magical about it.”

What do you think of Depeche Mode’s new single “Heaven”? How does it stack up against other classic tracks like “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy the Silence”? Send out some signals in the comments.