The album contains original tracks written by band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, and is produced by Erasure and Richard X. Its first single, "Elevation", was released as a prelude to the album, with a coinciding world tour. A subsequent single, "Reason", was released on 24 November 2014. and a third single "Sacred" on 16 March, 2015
The Violet Flame track list was revealed on 18 July 2014.
The Violet Flame was released as a standard CD, a deluxe 2CD, a digital download, a double album in a gatefold sleeve (featuring The Violet Flame on violet vinyl on one disc and six remixes on white vinyl on the other -made possible through PLEDGE MUSIC if reached more than 500 pre-orders which did-), and a limited edition 3-CD box set which includes the original album as well as additional material.