The one and only David Bowie has gone and treated us to another single folks! The Stars (Are Out Tonight) follows the rather melancholy and understated Where Are We Now?, and it’s fair to say that this is basically its polar opposite.
Opening with biting guitars, the song explores his fascinations with both fame and the constellations. It has hints of sixties pop music, and of course at its centre is his unique, single-note crooning. From what I’ve heard so far, I’ve got a feeling that The Next Day is shaping up to be a bit of a masterpiece. Neil McCormick, who already has the album (the lucky bastard) sounds a little head-over-heels in love with it already, but then again that’s really no surprise.
The single is accompanied by a wonderfully surreal video directed by Floria Sigismondi who directed two of Bowie’s videos back in the 90s, Little Wonder and Dead Man Walking. It’s basically a short film, and stars Tilda Swinton alongside The Man Who Fell To Earth as a happy, suburban couple whose lives are more than a little disturbed by the arrival of new neighbours who somehow prompt a maddened carving-knife dance around a raw turkey.
Just watch and enjoy it.