Martin Gore released “Mandrill” in advance of his is new 5 song EP “The Third Chimpanzee” EP out January 29th, 2021.

The Third Chimpanzee EP’s cover art was painted by capuchin monkey Pockets Warhol

Gore said this about the release: “The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human,”Martin explains. “It sounded primate-like. I decided to name it ‘Howler’, after a monkey. Then, when it came time to name the EP, I remembered reading the book ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee’. It all made sense to call it that, as the EP was made by one of the third chimpanzees.”

This is Martin Gore’s first release since he issued the instrumental album MG back in 2015 and the one he made with Vince Clarke back in 2012. He has not released another “Counterfeit” covers album since the one he put out in 2003.