Late this week David Bowie released his second single off of his upcoming album Blackstar. The newest track “Lazarus” is a six-minute slow burn, featuring Bowie’s signature spacey lyrical imagery with a progressive art-rock accompaniment.
The majority of the single features Bowie’s aging yet emotional vocals in a call and response setting with an overdriven guitar and a wilting brass section. The rhythm of the drums and bass expertly drive the song forward and give it a solid leg to stand on.
The end product gives off a sense of desperation and loneliness, which makes sense as the song is featured in Bowie’s new off-broadway production, named Lazarus which is based on his 1976 movie appearance, The Man Who Fell to Earth, a story of a humanoid alien who arrives on earth and is blindsided by man’s ruthlessness and greed.
Blackstar, David Bowie’s 25th album (That’s it David?), is set to be released on January 8th, and after the first two singles, expectations should be as high as ever.
**Click on the ‘PLAY’ button overlay on the featured image above to check out “Lazarus”