Today (February 3) Depeche Mode presented details of their new single “Ghosts Again”.
This happened after the band started announcing the imminent release of new music last week (January 27). The song is the first single from their upcoming 15th album “Memento Mori”, which is due to be released on March 17 on Columbia and Mute labels.
Last week, a post with a countdown clock and a caption appeared on their official Instagram account: “Time is fleeting, look what it will bring.”
Now the band has shared a second post with detailed information about the song’s title and release date.
It read: “Ghosts Again”, the first single from Depeche Mode’s next album “Memento Mori”, is out on February 9, 2023. Set the clock for February 9, 18:00 CET / 17:00 GMT / 11:00:00 Eastern European Time / 8:00 Pacific Time.”
Check out the post below, as well as some additional teaser images shared by the group:
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This will be the band’s first album in six years — after “Spirit” 2017 — as well as the first release after the death of one of the founders Andy Fletcher. The keyboard player died last May at the age of 60.
Frontman Dave Gahan spoke about the release of the new album in an interview with NME, saying that initially he did not dare to record the 15th Depeche Mode album:
“I have to say, it wasn’t something I immersed myself in,” he told NME. “At first I put up quite a strong resistance. I said, “I don’t know if I want to do this anymore”; all the usual things, but there were a little more of them than usual.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Gahan noted that although work on “Memento Mori” began before Fletcher’s death, the latter did not record any material for it. He explained, “He never heard any of it, and I’m really sad because there are songs on this album that I know he would say, ‘This is the best we’ve had in years.’ you can hear his voice. I also hear him say, “Every song should be about death?!”
Despite the emotional themes, Gahan said that “Memento Mori” is ultimately rooted in positivity, being an escape for him and Gore. “The only thing I can do is compose music with Martin,” he said, “then we can go about our business and hopefully it will bring people together,” he said. “There’s too much of it [in the world and the news right now].
“We need to find a place for ourselves somehow. That’s what’s for us now: to make another record, and we’re going to go out and perform on these stages.
Memento Mori was first announced last October along with details of an extensive world tour — you can check out the full dates and purchase the remaining tickets here.