Duran Duran have released new single ‘Black Moonlight’, taken from their upcoming album Danse Macabre.
The second of three brand new songs featured on the Danse Macabre album, ‘Black Moonlight’ sees Duran Duran reunited with long-time friend and collaborator Nile Rodgers in a timeless display of dance-rock glamour. Fuelled by an instantly catchy bass line and infectious guitar hook, while Nick Rhodes’ synths sound as if cut straight from a sixties B-movie horror, the song also features former band-member Andy Taylor on guitar.
Speaking about ‘Black Moonlight’, keyboardist 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.”
Catalysed by one special live performance that Duran Duran filmed in Las Vegas on October 31st of last year, Danse Macabre is the soundtrack to their ultimate Halloween party. Across 13 tracks the band unearth bright melodies from the darkness, threading together new songs, themed covers, and newly reimagined versions of their own ‘spooky’ classics.
Fans can 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’.
As well as Nile Rodgers, the album includes more special collaborations with former Duran Duran band members Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo, Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin, and producers Josh Blair and Mr Hudson.
Danse Macabre will be released on 27th October with artwork featuring images adapted from a collection of authentic vintage séance photos sourced by Nick Rhodes at auction. It will be available on Black 2LP and CD, with a limited edition smog 2LP available through HMV and indie stores. It will also be available on high-res blu-ray audio, exclusive to Super Deluxe Edition. The band’s official artist store features exclusive merchandise bundles, a limited Translucent Galaxy 2LP and cassette.
Danse Macabre will be released on 27th October via Tape Modern for BMG. Pre-Order via: https://duranduran.lnk.to/DanseMacabreAlbumPR
Pic by Jonas Akerlund