Disturbed’s cover of The Sound of Silence already has kind of an eerie feel to it but, after you watch this video, you might get a few goosebumps.
They call it the “haunting edit” and it shows iconic city landscapes in London, Chicago, New York, Budapest and Paris…mostly empty because of the lock-down.
“I found the images of the emptiness captured on cities all over the world to be heartbreaking and eerie. We are living a surreal situation. I decided to edit this video using footage from several famous cities; New York, Chicago, San Francisco (briefly), Budapest and Paris,” says Tiago Teixeira who created the video.
He also credits footage from Drone Media Chicago, Little Blue Whale Studios, Alfredo Roman, Akfasso, Rodrigo TV, Mathieu Stern and Botond Nahimi that were all used in creating the video.
“I am deeply humbled by the overwhelming response that this short video has received,” Tiago added. “To all of you, I thank you! My merit, if any, was merely to edit together things that were already superb, and to tap into the zeitgeist of the moment. As someone commented just yesterday, they thought that the song ‘Sound of Silence’ would suit this times perfectly and should well deserve a video where the connection to today’s empty streets could be highlighted. I merely connected the dots.” He continued, “Big thanks as well to Simon and Garfunkel for the original song, and Disturbed for this amazing cover.”
Disturbed says, “Sending our best wishes to everyone all over the world. Stay strong. -D.” while actor Russell Crowe praised the track, suggesting that David Draiman’s take is “perhaps the greatest rock vocal ever.”
— Disturbed (@Disturbed) April 10, 2020
Since being released as part of the Immortalized album in 2015, Disturbed’s take on the Simon & Garfunkel classic has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA. The band’s performance of “The Sound of Silence” on Conan also became the first clip from the late night talk show to eclipse 100 million YouTube views.