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Depeche Mode Releases ‘Ghosts Again’: Look + Listen

Several months after Depeche Mode announced the forthcoming arrival of their new album Memento Mori, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band have pulled the trigger on the LP’s first single “Ghosts Again.”

The current duo’s first single following the death of Andy Fletcher, the iconic electronic act has married the synth-rock track with a black and white video directed by longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn, who’s helmed 20+ Depeche Mode videos over the past 35 years.

In a statement about their new single, lead singer Dave Gahan said “To me, ‘Ghosts Again’ just captures this perfect balance of melancholy and joy.” Fellow band mate Martin 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.”

Signed to Columbia Records, Memento Mori is Depeche Mode’s 15th studio full length, their first since 2017’s Spirit and their very first since becoming a duo. One day before the album’s March 24 release, the band will embark on a brief North American tour before heading overseas to Europe for a summer-long trek.

In an October 2022 interview, Gahan told Rolling Stone “The direct translation [for ‘memento mori’] is, ‘Remember that you must die,’” of the LP in October. “A lot of the songs are going into that place of reminding ourselves that our time is fleeting, and you got to make the best of it — in a positive way.” Gore added that the first time he heard the Latin phrase from a friend, “I just thought, ‘What a great album title for the songs that had been written already.’”

David + Martin revealed that the May 2022 death of co-founding member Andy “Fletch” Fletcher hangs over the album’s 12 songs track list:
My Cosmos Is Mine
Wagging Tongue
Ghosts Again
Don’t Say You Love Me
My Favourite Stranger
Soul With Me
Caroline’s Monkey
Before We Drown
People Are Good
Always You
Never Let Me Go
Speak To Me

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Author: Al Denté

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