Vince Clarke’s “White Rabbit” Examines Our Dark Relationship With Technology

Vince Clarke has shared “White Rabbit”, the latest track to be released from his forthcoming debut solo album, Songs of Silence, a 10-track lyric-less album of ambient music. The album will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally via Mute on November 17th, 2023. 

As the Ivor Novello-winning songwriter behind many chart-topping Pop songs as the co-founder of Erasure, Yazoo and Depeche Mode, Clarke has, unbelievably, waited until now to embark on a solo release.

“White Rabbit” comes accompanied by an animation by Daniele Arcuri that “examines the darkness surrounding our relationship with technology.”

Daniele Arcuri explains:

I wanted to openly address the themes of hyper-connectivity, anxiety, apathy, and voyeurism towards others’ suffering. This video is a bold and thought-provoking reflection on how technology is eerily shaping our existence, and  challenges viewers to contemplate the human cost of an ever-connected world.

The album was recorded in Clarke’s home studio in New York, and features photography and artwork by the award-winning Magnum photojournalist Eugene Richards. Work on the album began as a distraction during lockdown as Clarke experimented with Eurorack, a modular synthesizer format with seemingly limitless configurations.

Clarke adds:

I could have gone on forever, I could have not stopped. I was enjoying the process so much and wasn’t thinking about anyone else hearing it. But hearing it develop in my studio, in my head, learning new tricks – that’s been the best thing about this. I was in a state of shock, actually, when Mute said they wanted to release this album.

Vince Clarke’s debut solo performances will include a Rough Trade East Q&A confirmed for Sunday, November 19th, 2023.