January 7, 2016


Watch David Bowie's Freaky "Lazarus" Video

Friday (Jan. 8) marks the release of David Bowie's 25th studio album, Blackstar. Our ears and eyes perked way up in November with the title track's 10-minute short film, a surreal, big budget boutique of horrors. Today comes "Lazarus," also directed by Sweden's Johan Renck, whose résumé includes Breaking Bad.

The song's more manageable to comprehend than "Blackstar"—and damned beautiful—but the video's just as out-there. Sir Stardust, age 68, appears with frazzled gray hair, same bandages on his face, same black dots for eyes. Standard-issue Bowie (if there's such a thing) starts doing some fancy dancing and intense emoting at the two-minute mark.

Renck, in a press release, says of directing "Blackstar" and "Lazarus":

"One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. 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."

Blackstar, according to Bowie's producer since 1969's Space Oddity, is influenced by Kendrick Lamar and the way To Pimp a Butterfly was "so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record."