November 14, 2016


David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Designer Says There Are Still Hidden Features on the Album

Jorgen Angel/Redferns
Jorgen Angel/Redferns

After David Bowie released his last and 25th album just days before his death in January, fans started looking for visual clues into Bowie's brain. After all, it turned out that "Lazarus" was a metaphor for coming to terms with death, so there had to be more, right?

Looking over the album's packaging, someone on Reddit found out that when you hold it to light, more stars appear on the gatefold sleeve. And now, in an interview with BBC, graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook says there's more stuff to be unveiled.

Columbia Records
Columbia Records

“There are a number of black stars in the album as well. It’s not just the five-pointed star on the front. And they do symbolize different things in life. For instance, there’s the rosette which looks a little bit like a price ticket. That’s to say, well, this is still a commercial product; you still buy it. There’s the guiding star, the idea of a person who you follow in your life or the idea of something spiritual which music gives you. So there are a lot of other things going on which aren’t absolutely at the surface, but I do hope people see them. And not necessarily straight away, as well.”

Barnbrook didn't drop any hints as to where we should look for the additional hidden features, but he did say we're all missing something major, which we may never find.

“There’s one big thing which people haven’t discovered yet on the album. Let’s just say if people find it, they find it, and if they don’t, they don’t. And remember what Bowie said about not explaining anything.”

The hunt continues...