Marc Almond Shares His Take On ‘Gone With the Wind (Is My Love)’

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Marc Almond is a legend of British music, someone who helped define the language of synth pop. Altering pop culture, his role in Soft Cell recalibrated the charts, while his dizzying solo journey has taken many paths.

New album ‘I’m Not Anyone’ is out on July 12th, another chapter in the career of this pop luminary. Ahead of the release, we’re able to share a special video, featuring his new single – a fresh, remarkable take on Rita & The Tiaras’ ‘Gone With The Wind Is My Love’.

A true northern soul classic – it was also recorded by Gloria Jones, who of course released the original version of ‘Tainted Love’ – it is utterly transformed by Marc. Working with producer Mike Stevens, the rock arrangement adds a different energy, his vocal transfixed by emotion.

He comments: “More than ever this time I’ve gone for how a song makes me feel and the emotional resonance it holds – reflective songs for an older artist, perhaps.”

Marc adds: “This is what I call a wind machine song, an intense emotional rush of ‘60s soul drama.”

A whirlwind experience, you can check out the flamboyant intensity of Marc Almond’s version of ‘Gone With the Wind (Is My Love)’ below (and catch a short Q&A after the jump).

 ‘I’m Not Anyone’ is hugely exciting, how do you feel about the upcoming release?

I am really proud of the album and how it has turned out. Working with Mike Stevens (producer of Annie Lennox and ELO) was a brilliant experience.  

The actual song ‘I’m Not Anyone’ was first brought to my attention many years ago and I never felt courageous enough to try and sing it but this time it made sense. It is really a message and anthem to all those people out there who doubt themselves, to have not felt included.

How does ‘Gone With The Wind (Is My Love)’ link to the album as a whole?

The album has a spiritual theme that as an older artist is as much about my journey, this point, where I am, and the next stage. I don’t mean that is a religious sense at all but the question of us, ourselves and preparing for the inevitable.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the video? How was the shoot?

It was really the most difficult thing to get it in one take. I tried it about 20 times, it was the last take of the day and it just fell into place. Then the video was supposed to go for post production effects but I decided it should have nothing, just be what it is, stripped bare.

What else do you have coming up this summer?  

I am touring with the album in September which should be great, then for the rest of the year touring with Jools Holland.

Catch Marc Almond on tour:

8 Leeds Grand Theatre
9 London Coliseum
11 Brighton Dome
14 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
15 Gateshead The Glasshouse International Centre for Music Sage 1
16 Birmingham Symphony Hall
18 Bristol Beacon
21 Edinburgh Usher Hall
22 New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre

Photo Credit: Nick Spanos

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