Music review by Peter Naldrett
Martin Gore: MG
Depeche Mode founder and legendary songwriter Martin Gore releases an instrumental album of stunning pedigree this week.
The 16 track soundtrack of MG comes across as the backing to an arty film, and perhaps it should be a movie accompaniment.
But there is no visual release to go with it; you can add your own story to this haunting electronic album.
Gore has been putting together instrumental pieces for a long time and they have been a familiar feature of Depeche Mode albums going back down the years.
Yet ever since the first instrumental for the band was created in 1981, Gore has had a secret longing to put together a full long-player of electronic instrumental music.
Work finally started on MG following the Depeche Mode Delta Machine tour in 2013. Gore returned to his home studio in Santa Barbara and set to the task.
The result is an awesome, at times experimental and eccentric, journey into music which would happily sit alongside Angelo Badalmenti’s scores.
But this could be considered a bit of a risk for somebody who has put so much emphasis on finding effective words to sit alongside the music.
He says: ‘As a songwriter, I am aware of the power of words, 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.’
Releasing it through the acronym MG, this follows the work he released with Vince Clarke as VCMG and it’s a natural follow up to that style.
Gore added: ‘I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi like quality.
‘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.’
And there are plenty who’ll get much fun imagining the film that this would-be soundtrack could run alongside.