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Olivia Stock
31 January 2024, 11:09

Depeche Mode share new video for ‘Before We Drown’: Watch

The Anton Corbijn-directed visual follows a trenchcoated person wading out to sea

Photo of Depeche Mode wearing all black under a cityscape

Depeche Mode have shared a new video for the track, ‘Before We Drown’. Check it out below.

The visual was directed by the band’s longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn. It follows a series of collaborations between the band and Corbijn around Depeche Mode’s 15th studio album, ‘Memento Mori’, released last March. These include videos for the singles, ‘Wagging Tongue’ and ‘Ghosts Again’.

Filmed in black and white, the ‘Before We Drown’ video echoes the album’s broader themes of mortality and salvation, as it follows a person wading out to sea. “Anton Corbijn’s photography and art direction have played an indispensable part in the evolution of the Depeche Mode aesthetic,” the band said in a recent statement. 

‘Momento Mori’ – which translates from Latin as ‘remember you must die’ – marked the English electronic band’s first album since the passing of founding member Andy Fletcher earlier in the year. 

When initially teasing the new album, Martin Gore said: “We started work on this project early in the pandemic, and its themes were directly inspired by that time. After Fletch’s passing, we decided to continue as we’re sure this is what he would have wanted, and that has really given the project an extra level of meaning.”

To celebrate the album release, the band played lead single ‘Ghosts Again’, along with a rendition of ‘Personal Jesus’, on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’, which you can revisit here. They also released a string of remixes of ‘Ghosts Again’, including edits from Chris LiebingLuke SlaterBergsonistMiss Grit, and more.

Watch the ‘Before We Drown’ video below.