Ghosts Again, the first single from Memento Mori has just been released after weeks of anticipation and a day of fanbase frustration last Friday.
I think the song is fantastic and, for me, it's their best since Wrong. It's certainly their poppiest song probably since Precious and that is very much welcome as far as I'm concerned. Ghosts Again certainly leans toward the band's mots lauded era and that cannot be a bad thing at all can it?
The press release for the single says:
Depeche Mode has confirmed the release date of its eagerly anticipated new album, Memento Mori, which will be released March 24 via Columbia Records.
Memento Mori’s arrival is heralded by today’s release of first single “Ghosts Again.” Having been stealthily previewed in Berlin in October at the Memento Mori launch event, “Ghosts Again” is nothing short of classic Depeche Mode: Evocative Dave Gahan lyrical imagery including “wasted feelings, broken meanings… a place to hide the tears we cry” and a hypnotic Martin Gore guitar figure atop an uplifting, optimistic groove. “Ghosts Again” is available now across digital platforms, and as an instant grat with pre-saves and pre-orders of Memento Mori - which is available for pre-order now on 2LP vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital.
“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.”
There is also a new Anton picture of Dave and Martin accompanying it:
The video is really very good though I must say I felt a real sadness watching it given Fletch's absence. Seeing the band without Andy felt very strange indeed and it made me realise how very different a Depeche Mode campaign without him will be. Dave and Martin both look great and Dave, at least for now, is not bothering with the pencil moustache which is no bad thing.
It really is great to have them back.
The Memento Mori tracklist has been revealed too and it does indeed feature a song called Caroline's Monkey which I'm choosing to believe is a Small Faces knockabout romp of a tune. Perhaps. Here is the official news:
Release Date: 24th March 2023
Memento Mori is Depeche Mode's 15th studio album and its first as a two-piece lineup of Gahan and Gore, following co-founder Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher’s tragic passing in 2022. Produced by James Ford, with additional production 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. The complete track listing for Memento Mori is:
My Cosmos Is Mine
Don’t Say You Love Me
My Favourite Stranger
Soul With Me
Before We Drown
People Are Good
Never Let Me Go
Speak To Me
The album can be ordered from various places. Mute are selling the black vinyl and both hardcover book and standard CD versions. Their email asks us to raise a glass to Fletch which I'm sure we all will do.
On the official site, you can get the red vinyl, red cassette and CD versions. The initial batch of red vinyl with signed insert have gone already and, no, I didn't get one.
So there we have it - Depeche Mode are back. If Ghosts Again is a hint of what is to come with Memento Mori, then I for one am very much looking forward to it.