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Depeche Mode architect makes an album of moody, cinematic instrumentals

Martin L Gore

Travis Shinn

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As Depeche Mode’s chief songwriter — and the man behind the lyric “words are very unnecessary” — Martin Gore has been peppering the synth-pop torchbearers’ records with icy instrumental stopgaps since their 1981 debut. Now he’s assembled MG, an album of nothing but wordless electro experiments, a collection of 16 short, swooping meditations on pensive moods. Casual Depeche Mode fans won’t like MG’s buzzing, whirring, fluttering soundscapes, which resemble impressionistic entries from Eighties sci-fi and horror soundtracks, but still there’s something enchanting about the way the songs work together and build suspense. Throbbing tracks like “Brink” and “Stealth” would fit perfectly in a John Carpenter movie, while the minimalism of “Europa Hymn” and “Islet” could easily sub for atmosphere in Blade Runner or Drive. If being an international pop star ever bores Gore, this record proves he could make a solid name for himself in films.

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