Back in December, David Bowie shared his new single “Lazarus,” from upcoming album ★ (Blackstar), which comes out tomorrow. And today, he’s debuted the song’s trippy video, which follows a similar concept and theme to that of the album’s sprawling, 10-minute title track. This one’s a little shorter, but no less weird or unsettling. In this video, directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad), Bowie’s still depicted with gauze and creepy eyeball-like buttons over his eyes, and he appears to be in a bed in an asylum, levitating and undergoing some kind of hallucinatory spell. It’s not as much of a spacey adventure as its predecessor, but more like a low-key supernatural haunting of sorts. Suffice it to say, it’s cool, and another reason to be ready to pick up the album when it drops tomorrow.
Renck released a statement about the video:
One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound… I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I’ve basically touched the sun.
Watch the David Bowie “Lazarus” video below.
David Bowie’s ★ (Blackstar) is on our list of the most anticipated albums of spring 2016.[Columbia]
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.