Following the release of singles “Howler” and “Mandrill,” Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has shared The Third Chimpanzee, his new solo EP.
The new project is Gore’s first major release since his 2015 sophomore album, MG. Tracks “Capuchin” and “Vervet” expand the experimental soundscape of The Third Chimpanzee, layering cold tonal warbles and needling synth progressions atop squelching ’80s-inspired basslines. “Howler” bookends the project, as Gore reworks the experimental track’s main motif on closing track “Howler’s End.” It’s a fitting way to structure the EP, seeing as the opening track served as its main inspiration.
“The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human,” Gore recalled in a statement. “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.”
Last year, Gore and Depeche Mode bandmates Dave Gahan and Andrew Fletcher virtually attended the ceremony for their band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The trio last worked together to record their 2017 LP Spirit and its subsequent tour, releasing their live performance and documentary Spirits in the Forest last year.
Listen to The Third Chimpanzee here: