David Bowie has released a video for ‘Lazarus’, the latest track from his new album Blackstar (properly styled as ★).
‘Lazarus’ is the second single from Bowie’s 28th studio album and follows the video for title track, ‘Blackstar’.
Director of videos for both singles, Johan Renck, commented on the experience of working with Bowie:
“One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice,” he said. “Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound… I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I’ve basically touched the sun.”
The latest offering is a whole six minutes shorter than the ‘Blackstar’ short film, yet is almost as disturbing, albeit in a more subdued fashion.
Bowie features as the same bandaged and button-eyed character, appearing to be stuck in the confines of an institution. As well as the scribbling of an apparent mad man, his juddering dance moves and retreat into a cupboard in the corner of the room, all make for a dark and provocative insight into his mind.
Oh, and the song’s pretty great too.
Have a watch:
Blackstar, the upcoming seven-track album, is released on January 9.