The album from VCMG, the techno project that has brought Martin Gore and Vince Clarke together after two decades of cold relations and distance, seems to have sparked a desire within the heart of Depeche Mode to head back to the studio. In a recent interview for The Quietus, Gore states that the VCMG project has raised his spirits and helped him to clarify his ideas - he even speaks of rejuvenation. "It was a nice break for me to be able to go and do something completely different that doesn't involve poring over lyrics and having to think about vocal melodies”, he said. "I think I went back to actually writing for the band with much more vigour afterwards, because I had taken such a break. It gave me a real creative impetus”.
According to Gore, Depeche Mode plan to start to give form to their new songs this coming March; regarding the album he says they are "hoping to be finished by the end of the year”. It will be their first album since 2009's Sounds of the Universe.