Say Hello Wave Goodbye?

Following their sold-out one-off “goodbye” concert celebrating their 40th anniversary at London’s O2 Arena in 2018, legendary Synth-pop duo Soft Cell are saying hello again with the announcement they are working on a brand new album—with the aim to release it next year.

Producer Dave Ball said he and Soft Cell front-man and vocalist Marc Almond have begun recording music together before the Covid-19 quarantine and lockdown.

Working separately during the pandemic, Ball has been developing instrumentals with collaborators in east London and Richmond while Almond has been writing lyrics and cutting vocal takes in his Soho studio.

The new album would be the pair’s first since 2002’s Cruelty Without Beauty.

Regarding the LP, Ball told the Press Association:

“We’re working on a new album which is destined to come out next year or hopefully, as long as this pandemic thing subsides and I’m still alive.

“I’ve given him loads of music and he’s been giving me vocals and lyrics back with the music.

“We’ve been working remotely anyway before the pandemic.

“I just send him stuff and he goes into this little studio in Soho where he likes to work, and I work with my friends over in east London or in Richmond.

“I’ve got a couple of guys, Jon Savage – not the journalist – who I’ve been working with and I just send Marc, we send audio files to each other.

“But now we’re forced to work remotely, it’s not an option to go into a studio with an engineer and to be working together – lucky we have the internet I guess.”

Dave Ball is currently promoting his autobiography Electronic Boy: My Life In And Out Of Soft Cell, which is published today in the UK by Omnibus Press.

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