After ten years of near silence and discretion, David Bowie, on the day of his 66th birthday (08/01/2013), announces the coming of his 30th (!!) studio album by releasing its first hors d’oeuvre entitled “Where Are We Now?”.
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Since Reality (his last studio album produced in 2003), Bowie has made very few public musical appearances: studio collaborations with TV On The Radio and with Scarlett Johansson, and a live performance with Canadian wonder Arcade Fire at Fashion Rocks in 2005.
The new opus The Next Day, produced by long-time friend Tony Visconti, will contain 14 original tracks and is set to be released on March 11th of the current year. (Checkout the album’s track list here on DavidBowie.com)
“Just Walking The Dead”
The setup for the video: two Siamese dolls setup in front of a large screen showing vintage black and white images of Berlin. Through a very questionable effect, New York artist Tony Oursler creates a scene with one doll showing a stranger’s face, the other showing Bowie’s.
Then, the voice comes in, intact. The result is a downtempo pleasant yet poignant melody that leaves you with the feeling you have when you rediscover something you had thought lost for years.
This year, the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK) is dedicating a large retrospective (March 23rd to July 28th), to the artist who has sold over 140 million albums throughout his career. The event will retrace Bowie’s brilliant and immense career by showcasing video clips, rare photographs, original costume scenes, film excerpts and many more.