Martin Gore, chief songwriter and founding member of Depeche Mode, has announced a new solo EP. Titled The Third Chimpanzee, the five-track EP drops January 29th, via Mute Records.
Gore also shared the EP’s lead single “Mandrill,” written and recorded earlier this year at Electric Ladyboy in Santa Barbara, California. Listen to it below.
“The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human,” said Gore 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.”
Pre-order The Third Chimpanzee here. Check out the tracklisting and artwork by a capuchin monkey named Pockets Warhol below.