In March David Bowie will release The Next Day, an album of his first new music in a decade and a reunion with longtime producer Tony Visconti. Self-penned lead single "Where Are We Now?" was released today on the singer's 66th birthday with little pre-release fanfare, a note from his label Columbia that this was "a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere." The new track features a weary-sounding Bowie referencing Berlin a few times, a city where he created his haunting and groundbreaking album trilogy - Low, Heroes and Lodger - in the 70's. "The tone is downbeat, the melody dark, until finally he evokes the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989," notes Bowie biographer Paul Trynka on the BBC online site. "This was a barrier few thought could be crossed - now Bowie addresses his own unthinkable barrier, the gulf between the ambitious 30 year old, and the reflective senior citizen." Watch the video for "Where Are We Now?" below and read the full press release...
In the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th January, Iso/Columbia Records released a new single by David Bowie titled 'Where Are We Now?' exclusively launching in the iTunes Store in 119 countries. David Bowie's first new album in ten years and his 30th studio recording, THE NEXT DAY is also available as a pre-order on iTunes with a wide release scheduled for March. January the 8th is of course David Bowie's birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere.
Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.
In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking ....a new record...who would have ever thought it, who'd have ever dreamed it! After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants...when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say.
Produced by long term collaborator Tony Visconti, 'Where Are We Now?' was written by Bowie, and was recorded in New York. The single is accompanied by a haunting video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to David's time in Berlin. He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question Where Are We Now?
"The moment you know, you know you know" resonates from the new single's lyric. Now we all know...David Bowie has been in the recording studio...just when we least expected it!!
To view the video for 'Where Are We Now?':