“Had to get the train, from Potsdammer Platz… You never knew that …”
Minutes after midnight Monday night January 8th 2013 a bit of a miracle happened in the wonderful World of music. Glam-rock legend David Bowie’s website reappeared, with not just a new single and video, but news of an entire album, due in March. Where Are We Now? – his first new song in 10 years – has Bowie in deeply reflective mode, a man “lost in time … just walking the dead”. It’s a stately, down tempo reminiscence that runs through a litany of Berlin streets. “Had to get the train,” he begins, in that familiar, mournful tremor of a voice, “from Potsdamer Platz / You never knew that …” before the orchestration swells to a chorus of: “Where are we now? Where are we now? / The moment you know you know you know." The new track was recorded in New York and produced by the singer’s long-time collaborator Tony Visconti. The term comeback suggests he went away; while Bowie may not have put a record out since 2003. His influence, and the phenomenal fandom he inspires, have never been gone. He is a man for whom hyperbole is valid. The Next Day – his 24th studio album and first in a decade – will be released on 12 March. The single is accompanied by a video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to Bowie’s time in Berlin, with his face projected onto the body of a puppet. And wearing a T-shirt with the logo for the classic operetta Song Of Norway. WATCH MUSIC VIDEO HERE!