Amazing Music Videos: Enjoy the silence by Depeche Mode

I admit, I was in love with this song when it came out. I don’t listen to “Violator” as much as I used to, but I think the melancholic melody of this song still sounds good. The lyrics are simple, to the point. Any more words would be very unnecessary.

Directed by Anton Corbijn, this video is not the best in terms of technique or special effects. What’s interesting about this video is the concept, which fits the song really well (even if it’s theoretically a love song), and the beautiful images of the Swiss alps, the coast of Portugal and the Scotland highlands.

I know this video is based on the children’s book “The Little Prince” (Le Petit Prince de Saint-Exupéry). I assume it’s because there is a king alone, with no kingdom, walking through the immensity of the land. And then there’s the rose, which we see here and there. It is also the main image on the cover of the “Violator” album. But “the Little Prince” is a character who suffers from his loneliness, while Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode seems like he’s actively seeking a quiet place to sit in his deck chair and watch the sunset.

At a time when we’re bombarded with images and sounds all the time (Fox news style), it’s nice to enjoy a slow-paced video with beautiful scenery and a king in his deck chair at the top of the world or in front of the ocean.

 

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