Happy 66th Birthday to the indomitable David Bowie! Bowie, who hasn’t done any public appearances in years released his last bit of music nearly 10 yrs ago and reluctant speculation was that he had retired. However.. Twitter rumblings last night mentioned his website suddenly being ‘down’ and possibly being updated, which also led to whispers of perhaps ‘something big happening’. This morning, it was Bowie giving us a gift on his birthday instead of the other way ’round – a brand new song! AND news of a new album, The Next Day, due out in March!
Where Are We Now, the first single, is a melancholy but sweet tune. Reflective, introspective – the video/song has Bowie remembering parts of his life in Berlin (complete with bits of a black and white old movie in the background including the statue that featured in Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire movie and U2 video of Stay (Far Away, So Close). Despite Where are We Now starting out somewhat sad, “a man lost in time … just walking the dead,” it changes into the bridge to become less nostalgic, and more of an affirmation of an incredible life. “Where are we now? Where are we now? / The moment you know you know you know.”
The video (shot by Tony Oursler) is unique too – many bands are now producing ‘lyrics’ videos but this video really is ‘Bowie’ – with glimpses of items around the desk interspersed with the clips of Berlin landmarks, and a quick shot of Bowie standing in the corner lost in thought. As of this moment, our most anticipated album of the new year is going to be Bowie, The Next Day, which is currently available for pre-order in standard and deluxe editions through iTunes.