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Vince Clarke Launches Debut Solo Album ‘Songs Of Silence’

A true pioneer in British electronic music...

Electronic legend Vince Clarke will release new album ‘Songs Of Silence’ on November 17th.

The producer is a renowned figure in the development of electronic music, arguably defining the synth pop template through his work with Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure. Vince Clarke has shied away from a solo guise, however, preferring instead to collaborate.

New album ‘Songs Of Silence’ is – remarkably – his first solo album; comprising of 10 tracks, it was constructed using two rules – each song would be built on the Eurorack, with one note pervading throughout each song.

 “Nobody in my household is particularly interested in what I get up to in the studio” says Vince. “Even the cat used to leave after an hour or so of listening to drones.” 

Gradually building each song from first note to last, ‘Songs Of Silence’ seemingly lingers on the more abstract, ambient aspects of Vince Clarke’s work. New song ‘The Lamentations Of Jeremiah’ is out now, and it’s beautifully absorbing – glacial of pace, assured of texture, it feels like a drawn-out aural painting, with the producer applying immaculate detail.

Turkish-born NY-based portrait photographer Ebru Yildiz shot the video, and he explains…

When I first heard the song, I felt like it contained a whole lifetime within itself. All of the drama and peace, anxiousness and calmness, tension and hope, and everything in between. I wanted the visuals to feel like all those extremes as well.”

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Eugene Richards

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