Depeche Mode founder Martin Gore will release MG, a solo LP of 16 electronic instrumentals, on April 28th via Mute. Gore began work on the album following the March 2013 conclusion of Depeche Mode's Delta Machine tour, writing and producing the material at his home studio in Santa Barbara, California.
In a statement, the synth-pop pioneer – who has written the bulk of Depeche Mode's material since co-founding the band in 1981 – says the idea of an instrumental album had been brewing for years. "I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi-like quality," he says. "Music is a necessity for me. I go into the studio at least five days a week, every week, so once I had the idea and the template, the process was quick and fun."
The MG moniker is an extension of VCMG, an electronic collaboration with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clark. The duo released three EPs and one full-length album, 2012's Ssss.
"As a songwriter, I am aware of the power of words,” Martin said. “Especially when they are juxtaposed in the right way with chords and melody. I am also aware of the power of pure music and the emotions that can be created by musical atmospheres and that is what I wanted to capture with this project."
Fans can whet their appetite for MG by streaming the ghostly "Europa Hymn" featuring three minutes of melancholy synthesizers and muted programming. Listen below.
Following the 2013 release of their 13th LP, Delta Machine, Depeche Mode issued Live in Berlin, a two-hour concert filmed during the album's subsequent tour.