Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has for a long time explored alternative routes in parallell with his engagement in DM. His endeavors often find him exploring more techno and experimental electro orientated styles and his latest release is no exception.
‘Howler’ is a crunching electronic cut with a haunting melody and resynthesized vocals. The track features on Gore’s upcoming five-track EP ‘The Third Chimpanzee’, which is out via Mute on January 29. It follows on the previously released ‘Mandrill’.
Gore explains: “‘Howler’ was the first track I recorded for ‘The Third Chimpanzee’ EP. I resynthesized some vocals that almost sounded human, but not quite. That’s why I decided to name the track after a monkey. I thought that would be a good theme to carry on with the rest of the tracks”.
The initial inspiration for the EP was a book called The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond: “I read that book in the 90s and it just made sense because he was calling humans the third chimpanzee.
“Without making it blatantly obvious, I liked that it blurred the line between humans and monkeys. Because sometimes it doesn’t seem like we’ve got very far! It all made sense to call it that, as the EP was made by one of the third chimpanzees.”
Stereoklang has been following Anfisa for a long time and it is clear that she now is ready to take the next step in her music career. Italy-based artist Anfisa Letyago is kicking off 2021 with a bang in the form of her brand new imprint N:S:DA. After much support from the likes of Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, and many more, the time was right for her to build her own home for her music and artists she loves.
To get the ball rolling, the first release is a 4-track EP titled Listen. 2020 gave everyone a chance to focus on developing projects they may not have had the chance to otherwise, and we are excited to see where she goes with the new label.