…and he’s re-invented himself yet again.
He has a new album called ★ (aka Blackstar), and, if this 10-minute video for the title song is any indication, it’s like nothing he’s ever done before, although it’s possible that Major Tom makes an appearance.
I don’t know. The video is ripe for parody, but Bowie’s spent his life taking us to exotic new places that we’d never imagined could exist until he showed them to us. This will take some getting used to, but if the past is any indication, it will be worth it.
★ will be released on 8 January 2016.
- The ★ video was by Swedish director Johan Renck, who’s a prolific creator of music videos and advertisements. He also directs TV shows, including an episode of Bates Motel and an episode of The Walking Dead.
- Renck also directed three episodes of—wait for it—Breaking Bad.
- Renck used part of the song as the theme for his new European crime thriller, The Last Panthers, a six-episode series that started on Sky Atlantic in the UK this month.
- “David Bowie is”, the amazing V&A exhibition that I saw at the Art Gallery of Ontario a couple of years ago, is nearing the end of its tour. It closed in Melbourne at the beginning of November. Last chance to see it will probably be at Groninger Museum in the Netherlands from 11 December 2015 to 13 March 2016.