Martin Gore's 'MG' has the right experimental ambience

Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore (the MG acronym) is adept at producing electronic soundscapes, and with the 16-track solo instrumental album “MG” perfects this again.
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Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore (the MG acronym) is adept at producing electronic soundscapes that can ease up inhibitions so that the music’s electricity can completely claim the listener. And with the 16-track solo instrumental album “MG” perfects this again.

"As a songwriter, I am aware of the power of words,” Gore admits. “Especially when they are juxtaposed in the right way with chords and melody. I am also aware of the power of pure music and the emotions that can be created by musical atmospheres and that is what I wanted to capture with this project.”

From the moment go, “Pinking” soothes and excites, all in the same 2:22 period. Then there’s the gothic and creepy “Swanning,” the futuristic electronic dirge “Exalt,” the EDM sonar of “Crowly” and “Brink,” the Devo-ish electro-melody of “Stealth, and “Creeper” is the perfect soundtrack for video-gaming to Minecraft. Although, you’ll have to wait for the pinnacle: the heartbeat up-and-down emotion of “Sotherly.”

“I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi like quality,” Martin explains.

There are some disappointments: “Elk” drifts along meaninglessly into space, kind of pathless, and the initial hum of “Hum” is a little too brain-numbing.

It’s an album that is not for everyone. But those with an adventurous spirit and those who have a respect for experimental ambience, this one is for you.

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