Photo by Travis Shinn

After a bit of social-media teasing, Mute Records this morning announced the release early next year of a new instrumental electronic EP from Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, a five-song collection that’s preceded by a “ferocious slice of electro” called “Mandrill.”

You can hear the new song below.

Gore’s The Third Chimpanzee EP will be released Jan. 29 by Mute, and is available to pre-order from the label on CD and limited-edition azure-blue 12-inch vinyl.

Of the new project, recorded at his Electric Ladyboy home studio this year, Gore says:

“The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human. It sounded primate-like. I decided to name it ‘Howler,’ after a monkey. Then, when it came time to name the EP, I remembered reading the book ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee.’ It all made sense to call it that, as the EP was made by one of the third chimpanzees.”

The new EP is Gore’s first release since his instrumental solo album MG in 2015, which followed his equally instrumental  VCMG project with Vince Clarke in 2012. He previously released the Counterfeit EP, a collection of covers, in 1989 and its full-length follow-up Counterfeit² in 2003.

Gore and current and former Depeche Mode bandmates Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher, Alan Wilder and Clarke were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month.

Below, check out Gore’s brand-new song “Mandrill” and the Third Chimpanzee EP’s cover art — painted, no less, by capuchin monkey Pockets Warhol — and tracklist.

 

 

Martin Gore, The Third Chimpanzee EP

1. “Howler”
2. “Mandrill”
3. “Capuchin”
4. “Vervet”
5. “Howler’s End”

 

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