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Albums Of The Week: Depeche Mode | Memento Mori

And then there were two. On their first album as a duo, the U.K. synth-pop icons face down the reaper — and emerge with a surprisingly engaged and life-affirming release.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Memento Mori is Depeche Mode’s 15th studio album and their first created by the duo of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore, following co-founder Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher’s tragic passing in 2022.

Produced by James Ford, with additional work by Marta Salogni, Memento Mori’s gestation took place during the early stages of the Covid pandemic, resulting in themes inspired directly by that period. The album’s 12 tracks chart a vast expanse of moods and textures, from its ominous opening to its closing resolve — running the gamut from paranoia and obsession to catharsis and joy, and hitting myriad points between.

Memento Mori’s arrival was heralded by the first single Ghosts Again. The track is nothing short of classic Depeche Mode: A blend of Gahan’s evocative lyrical imagery — including “wasted feelings, broken meanings … a place to hide the tears we cry” — and a hypnotic Gore guitar figure atop an uplifting, optimistic groove. “To me, Ghosts Again just captures this perfect balance of melancholy and joy,” commented Gahan. Gore added, “It’s not often that we record a song that I just don’t get sick of listening to — I’m excited to be able to share it.”

Having sold more than 100 million records and played to more than 35 million fans worldwide, Depeche Mode remain an ever-evolving and singularly influential musical force. An indelible inspiration to fans, critics and artists alike, Depeche Mode continue to forge ahead, with the Memento Mori album and tour representing the opening of the newest chapter of a peerless and ongoing legacy.”



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