David Bowie’s The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

Saskia De Brauw, Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Andrej PejicThe second single from David Bowie’s upcoming album, ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)‘ is once again an audio and visual delight. The accompanying film clip is one that features Tilda Swinton and models Saskia De Brauw and Andrej Pejic. The androgynous nature of all three, indeed four actors, is played upon and is deeply reminiscent of Bowie’s earlier work.

A comment on the media obsession with ‘celebrity,’ the clip is one that sees the reversal of roles between ‘normal’ couple Bowie and Swinton and newly arrived celebrity couple De Brauw and Pejic. Roles begin to be flipped as the celebrities start to intrude upon the couple, interrupting and disturbing their privacy. This obvious take on the intrusive nature of the paparazzi and often times ridiculous attention given to the private lives of celebrities is at the heart of this clip and song.

Away from the visual and gender-bending brilliance of the clip, the song is one that only heightens my excitement for the album. ‘The Stars’ is more reminiscent of previous album Reality but also hints at Bowie’s rocking back catalogue. Where, ‘Where are We Now,’ was a tender and heartfelt song, ‘The Stars’ is faster, upbeat and a magnificent return to form. The catchy hook of the chorus draws you in while the excellent guitar work is woven beautifully throughout the song.

While previously moved to a release date of the 15th of March for Australian audiences, The Next Day, has once again returned to an 8th of March release. With an online pre-order the 8th could not come quickly enough!

David Bowie’s Where Are We Now?

For the first time in 10 years David Bowie has released a new single. ‘Where Are We Now’ from the upcoming album The Next Day is slow, lovely and deeply reminiscent. Similar to Bowie’s last album, Reality, ‘Where Are We Now’ manages to encapsulate all that is good about Bowie. His vocals are there, as smooth as ever despite his 66 years of age, and the haunting nature of the song manages to ensnare and enamour much like that of ‘Life on Mars?’ and ‘Bring Me the Disco King.’

From my first listen to my thirtieth, I cannot express how much I adore this song. Nor can I contain my excitement for the release of The Next Day. I am a little perplexed but nevertheless over-joyed that Australia is the first to be able to purchase said album. What troubles me the most is whether I am going to buy The Next Day from iTunes or wait until the 15th of March to purchase a hard-copy. The urge to buy both must be resisted, however there will be no promises made.

In amongst all this excitement is a feeling of hope. That little thing with feathers is fluttering like mad in my soul at the prospect of Bowie touring. If this does indeed happen, expense be damned, I will be attending!

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