Oliver Stone’s controversial new biopic Snowden hits theaters on September 16th, and today Peter Gabriel shared a new song the echoes the film’s anti-surveillance message. “The Veil” was inspired by the plight of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who will be portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film. Listen to the song via BBC Radio 6 Music.
In a statement, Gabriel described how he came to write “The Veil” and discussed his lingering concerns about the state of the digital world:
“As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important.
Snowden’s revelations shocked the world and made it very clear why we need to have some way to look over those who look over us. With increasing terrorist attacks, security is critical, but not without any accountability or oversight.
I was very happy to learn Oliver Stone had decided to make a film about Edward Snowden and believe this is a powerful and inspiring film.
Oliver takes his music very seriously and I have always enjoyed collaborating with him and [music supervisor] Budd Carr.”
“The Veil” Single Artwork: