David Bowie is back with his first album in ten years. That in itself is great news but with this album comes music videos. Paul McCartney showed how classic artists can still be relevant and inventive just take a look at his Vine feed. Bowie had big shoes to fill and, naturally, he filled them.
The first video, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), stars Tilda Swinton…as…David…Bowie’s…wife. I’ll let that sink in.
It’s amazing. Two of the most androgynous people coming together as a couple and I get to watch it! For those of you who don’t know Swinton is an Oscar winning actress and recently started in Moonrise Kingdom. The video also includes models Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw and features Norwegian model Iselin Steiro as a young Bowie.
The video is directed by Floria SIgismondi who worked with Bowie twice before, once in ’96 and ’97. She’s also worked with Muse, Katy Perry, The White Stripes, The Cure, Bjork, Leonard Cohen and Marilyn Manson.
The video’s story, according to Bowie, “at once captures a twenty first century moment in its convergence of age, gender and the normal/celebrity divide.” It already has critics raving. Neil McCormick from the Daily Telegraph said the video is, “teasing us with ideas of Bowie both as an aging recluse and an ageless androgynous rock star. It is the return of the master, showing every other rock and roll star, old or young, how things should be done,” he added.
Once again Bowie shows himself as a force to be reckoned with and that he hasn’t lost his artistic touch. Welcome back, Bowie.