Since starting Tuppence Magazine, we’ve looked forward to this day in the same way we looked forward to the return of The Strokes. Getting to write about new material from David Bowie felt like it was never going to happen but with yesterday’s surprise release of his new single, Where Are We Now, the dream’s on like Donkey Kong.
However, there’s more, the single release also comes with the announcement that 2013 will see the launch of a brand new album from the Starman, called The Next Day. Due for release on the 11th March 2013, it’s the first major album from Bowie since 2003’s Reality.
Where Are We Now (watch the video below) is a slow burn lament of Bowie’s time in Germany. It starts off a little unsure, but when it starts to heat up, it’s a good piano track with reverb laced guitar riffs and a building chorus. The Space Oddity is back in a haunted refrain on the track and the video adds to the brilliant insanity that has been David Bowie’s career.
Both the release of the single and the announcement about the upcoming album were kept hush hush before they were dropped by surprise yesterday on Bowie’s website. The sudden flurry of activity coincides with his 66th birthday yesterday, and hopefully it means there’ll be a lot more to see from old DB.
Where Are We Now and The Next Day are bound to build expectation for 2013 tour dates for the new material featuring his massive back catalogue, but the rumours about ill health might be the deciding factor. Whatever happens, it’s great to have David Bowie back and we can’t wait for the launch of the new album.
David Bowie’s The Next Day tack listing:
1. The Next Day
2. Dirty Boys
3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
4. Love Is Lost David Bowie
5. Where Are We Now?
6. Valentine’s Day
7. If You Can See Me
8. I’d Rather Be High
9. Boss of Me
10. Dancing Out In Space
11. How Does the Grass Grow?
12. (You Will) Set the World On Fire
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
David Bowie’s Where Are We Now video:
Check out our David Bowie infographic to see the Starman’s massive contribution to music.