America’s most wanted man provided vocals for 'Exit' from 'Electronica Volume II: The Heart of Noise'
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has made a techno track with French electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, which is set to be released this weekend.
The track, which can be streamed on iTunes now and is called ‘Exit’, came about after The Guardian put the unlikely pair in touch following their interview with Jarre last year. It is part of the Frenchman’s forthcoming album of collaborations, ‘Electronica Volume II: The Heart of Noise’, with Snowden’s contribution previously listed under the name ‘ES’.
Speaking about the 32-year-old former CIA employee last year, Jarre described Snowden as “an absolute hero of our times”, whilst asking The Guardian to put him in touch with America’s most wanted man.
The newspaper passed on contact details for Snowden’s solicitor, who set up a meeting in Moscow, where the recordings took place.
The collaboration features Snowden speaking, rather than singing, and will appear alongside a diverse, if slightly more predictable set of guests, which includes Pet Shop Boys, Cyndi Lauper, Gary Numan, Jeff Mills and Peaches.
Jarre described ‘Exit’ as a “hectic, obsessive techno track, trying to illustrate the idea of this crazy quest for big data on one side, and the manhunt for this one young guy by the CIA, NSA and FBI on the other.”
He added that the album “is about the ambiguous relationship we have with technology: on the one side we have the world in our pocket, and on the other, we are spied on constantly.”
News of the Jarre/Snowden collaboration comes after it was revealed Daniel Radcliffe is set to play the NSA whistleblower in new off-Broadway play, Privacy, which will open in July.