24 March 2023
Darkwave pop Goths DEPECHE MODE released their new LP – their 15th – named MEMENTO MORI today. The first one without original member Andy Fletcher who passed away last May – only 60 – following an aortic dissection.
Dave Gahan: “We started work on this project early in the pandemic, and its themes were directly inspired by that time. After Fletch’s passing, we decided to continue as we’re sure this
is what he would have wanted, and that has really given the project an extra level of meaning. Fletch would have loved this album. We’re really looking forward to sharing it with you soon, and we can’t wait to present it to you live at the shows next year.”
NME‘s verdict: “To have an album of this quality after what the band have been through
may seem miraculous, but Depeche Mode have always turned turmoil, tension and life’s
darker moments into magic. ‘Memento Mori’ is comfortably their best album this side of
the millennium, and, most importantly, a testament to creativity and friendship. The music world is richer for it.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: It feels like DM, understandably so, process their grief on this new LP after their longtime friend/colleague Andy Flecther passed away last year. Memento Mori is a mellow and emotive work, very different from their vintage Goth bombast. It’s a stylish and gracious record. Synth-pop created with a melancholic heart.
SINGLES/CLIPS: Cosmos Is Mine / Ghosts Again
– COSMOS IS MINE –
– GHOSTS AGAIN –