It’s an intense, and very dark album that Depeche Mode keyboard player and guitarist Martin Gore just release as solo work, as MG, under Mute Records.

Instrumental music that brings listeners in a mysterious place (Exalt). The type of album folks going through tough times in their life will either relate to and somehow bond with (Elk) or at the opposite, will bring them into a mad circle of paranoia and depression. The intense, industrial beats of songs like Brink, sound like Nine Inch Nails pounding again and again, can really get under your skin and drive you mad.

There aren’t that many melodies on “MG”, but each piece of music on the record is very distinct from the other. Some express very wide sound landscapes (Europa Hymn), as others seem to bring you deep inside yourself. An album to discover carefully. You’ll want to make sure you’re in the mood for this.

Here’s a recent interview with the musician in which he explains the recording process for this new album.

Martin Gore is one of the founding members of new wave group Depeche Mode that gradually gained international fame in the mid to late 80s with their albums “Music for the Masses” (1987) and “Violator” (1990). Gore has written the majority of the band’s songs, although Dave Grahan is the band’s singer. Depeche Mode produced countless hits over the years, like People Are People, Never Let Me Down Again, Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence that remain popular favorites (and still sound very good!) decades after their release.

Gore produced only two solo albums through the years: “Counterfiet” in 2003, and “MG”, launched April 28, 2015. He did collaborate with a few bands in the last decade: Client, Nouvelle Vague, Nitzer Ebb and Motor have all be blessed by Gore’s presence on their albums, while Erasure’s Vince Clarke (who was a DM founding member with Gore and bassman Andy Fletcher) formed the duo VCMG in 2012, for an album.

Martin Gore is now 53 years-old. When he was 13, he learned that his father was in fact his step-father and that his biological father was an African American GI stationed in England. A family trauma that he prefers not to talk about.

MG
MG
(Mute, 2015)

-Genre: ambiant sombre
-In the same genre than Christine F soundtrack, instrumental Nine Inch Nails, ambiant Amon Tobin music

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.