Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore delivers transporting first single from forthcoming EP, ‘The Third Chimpanzee’
“Mandrill” is comprised of industrial synths that come together to form a dark and otherworldly atmosphere. The tense production finds listeners engulfed in an aural experience that finds oneself on edge; as the song progresses, it never breaks into a lighter moment, instead prevailing as the cinematic soundtrack to an alien war zone or intense manhunt.
In a statement about the EP, Gore shares,
“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 EP will be out in full on January 29 via Mute.
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