Veteran electronic/rock outfit Depeche Mode is in Santa Barbara, Calif., recording the follow-up to 2001's "Exciter."

Veteran electronic/rock outfit Depeche Mode is in Santa Barbara, Calif., recording the follow-up to 2001's "Exciter." The as-yet-untitled set is due in the fall via Mute internationally and by Reprise/Warner Bros. in North America. It is being co-produced by the band with Ben Hiller (Blur, Elbow, Doves).

"It's a great feeling to be back together in the studio again and we are very excited about the new material," Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan says. "We're all feeling incredibly positive about the album. Ben Hillier has brought a whole new dynamic to the group which is quite inspiring."

"Exciter" debuted at No. 2 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while first single "Dream On" was an instant No. 1 in Germany and Italy. In the U.S., it opened at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and has moved 421,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last year, alternate versions of the group's hits were compiled for "Remixes 81-04," which sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, according to Mute. A remix of "Enjoy the Silence" by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda hit No. 1 in Spain and Denmark and reached the top 10 in Germany and the United Kingdom.