David Bowie has released a single!

In a stroke of media brilliance David Bowie has returned on his 66th birthday with a great brooding single in which he sings about his life and with which he managed to swerve the whole of the news media.

In these times where everybody knows everything about everything else (or thinks they do) and Twitter has the news before it’s news Bowie has done a Stone Roses by suddenly reappearing into the middle of the music debate with a single that is better than anything else he has done for years.

Working in New York with Tony Visconti, who was repsonsable for his great work in his seventies, the single sings about his time in Berlin and other key moments in his life in a track that is reminscent of his ‘Low’ period. the song is brooding and dark and has a certain world weariness to it as it builds to its climax.

Bowie’s new 17 track album, The Next Step, is due in March.

 

The glam-rock legend has released the recording as a download. It will be followed by a new album, ‘The Next Day’ in March.

Bowie has not performed live since 2006 and has rarely been seen in public since then.
The new track was recorded in New York and produced by the singer’s long-time collaborator Tony Visconti.

The single’s appearance online was “a genuine surprise”, said John Wilson, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

“He’s a proper artist. He doesn’t release records because it’s time for another record. He releases records when there’s something for him to say.”

Where Are We Now? is a simple, unfussy ballad – Bowie singing mournfully over a piano motif that slowly builds to an understated crescendo.

The song includes several references to the city of Berlin, where Bowie and Visconti produced a critically-acclaimed trilogy of albums – Low, Heroes and Lodgers – in the 1970s.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I just recently heard a little rumour about this and dismissed it as like most fans probably would. I had also heard this is only going to be released on ITunes which means we will not be purchasing a full quality version, bummer!.
    Where Are We Now? has taken a couple of listens to get into it. It’s a great tune, a real grower, though it sounds absolutely nothing like the ‘Low’ period as described above, it sounds more like an out-take from the Reality sessions and what’s more it’s very reminiscent of the fourth track on there ‘The Loneliest Guy’.
    The video harks back to the Earthling period where he was sing projected faces on to balloons.
    David Bowie is a welcome return!

  2. “… Bowie has done a Stone Roses by suddenly reappearing into the middle of the music debate with a single that is better than anything else he has done for years.”

    Except the Roses have yet to release any new material.

  3. While it sounds ok, it doesn’t really knock my socks off – maybe a few more plays might reveal more, but I have to add to the above that its similar to the stuff he was doing prior to the sabbatical rather than the mid-70s stuff.

  4. What a pleasant suprise to wake upto this morning, having waited like most hardcore Bowie fans for 10yrs to see just what his next move would be and almost losing hope on there ever being a next move, when Bam! he turns up thrumps with this little gem.
    Very moving song!… the man his a genius when it comes to the media and never fails to suprise me with anything, brilliant move DB ;) and looking forward to the album.

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