The Third Chimpanzee

Martin Gore - The Third Chimpanzee
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It’s definitely too short, but it’s worth every penny, ‘The Third Chimpanzee’ is a work of innovation and instinct.

FLOOD Magazine

So brief yet effective—hauntingly memorable and memorably haunting—is the EP that you have to wonder if this is Gore in seclusion and quarantined following his own muse, or if this is an icy new direction for the Mode to move into.


Moreso than MG, The Third Chimpanzee gives us a window into Gore’s working process, which is apparently growing ever more refined, if less adventurous, as the years go on.


Availing himself of his formidable array of modular-synthesizer components, the Depeche Mode songwriter indulges his darkest instincts.


It's intriguing to hear what sounds and moods he can create outside of the context of his band, but even compared to the more fully realized MG, the EP merely sounds tentative.


A well produced and abstract ambient techno record. The strong first track will grab your attention for its atmospheric and melodic techno. But the album will ultimately leave you hanging, wishing it had met your initial expectations.

Favourite track: Howler
The Third Chimpanzee me chamou a atenção pela capa interessante, mas o Ep em si me decepcionou, a produção cria uma atmosfera sombria, que ao meu ver não soa muito agradável, fora que é bastante cansativo para um Ep de apenas 5 músicas

Martin Gore explores some interesting experimental electronic directions, but even though there are some cool rhythmical moments here, they all feel pretty similar, with the rest of the record being just a sloppy synth filler.
Some nice moments here by Martin Gore, and my first exposure to his solo work. Favourite track is Vervet, as I like the way it throbs and builds. I agree with others feels like unfinished business and it's a bit short, even though I know it is an EP, perhaps MG could've waited until an album's worth of material was here?
Martin Gore is certainly not an album-every-year artist, so each new release of his is an attention grabber. And, to be honest, when you deal with one of the founding fathers of 80s synth music, the expectations will always be high, even though Gore's solo work has not been as praised as his contributions with Depeche Mode.

This EP is not as concrete as DM's music, mostly dwelling within ambient techno territory, but it has its interesting moments, even though it feels awkward for the most ... read more
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Track List

  1. Howler
  2. Mandrill
  3. Capuchin
  4. Vervet
  5. Howler's End
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Added on: November 18, 2020