Out of nowhere, David Bowie announced today the arrival of his new single “Where Are We Now” and accompanying video. Also, announced is the forthcoming brand new album due in March.
All on his 66th birthday.
I thought he was supposed to be the one getting gifts. Instead, we got one.
It’s been 10 years since David released anything new. He has been a ghost, with rumors of retirement. But, like most creative people, he creates on his own schedule. He always has. No surprise there.
What is a surprise is this single is not the big grand re-entrance one might expect from the absence of such an iconic figure. Instead, we get a very understated, melancholy song that seems as personal as anything else he has done. It’s not Ziggy, but he hasn’t been Ziggy since 1973 anyway. If anything it is reminiscent of the Berlin years (Low, Heroes, Lodger), which is fine with me.
At first couple of listens I like the song. It’s nice. Not sure it will become a huge hit, but that’s not what he is about anyway. His fans will gobble it up.
The nice thing is the return of Tony Visconti as his producer. Visconti and Bowie have a long relationship of great music.
Looking forward to the album and hopefully a tour.
Happy Birthday David and thank you for the lovely gift.