Depeche Mode's Martin Gore will release a new solo EP, The Third Chimpanzee, which will be out January 29 via Mute (get it on blue vinyl). “The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human,” Martin says of the EP and its title. “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 artwork for the EP was made by an actual primate -- the capuchin monkey Pockets Warhol.

The first single from the EP is the steely metallic and atmospheric "Mandrill," which comes with a video that uses imagery from the cover art. Watch that and check out the artwork and tracklist below.

UPDATE: You can also listen to "Howler" from the EP as well. “‘Howler’ was the first track I recorded for The Third Chimpanzee EP,” Martin says. “I resynthesized some vocals that almost sounded human, but not quite. That’s why I decided to name the track after a monkey. I thought that would be a good theme to carry on with the rest of the tracks.”

Depeche Mode were just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The Third Chimpanzee EP tracklist
1. Howler
2. Mandrill
3. Capuchin
4. Vervet
5. Howler’s End

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