It would appear that this morning the world woke up and simultaneously all went on Twitter to declare “OMFG NEW BOWIE SINGLE?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!”. ‘Where Are We Now’ is taken from ‘The Next Day’, David Bowie’s first album in 10 years, also announced today to coincide neatly with his 66th birthday. The single is an astonishingly beautiful lament to Berlin, a place where Bowie spent a considerable amount of time back in the 70s and clearly holds dear. His voice sounds older, in many ways better, but is still recognisably that of the man who first hit mass popularity over forty years ago. Slow, drenched in synths with a melancholy piano, and a mind bending video just to round it all off, one thing is clear; Bowie’s back. And it’s brilliant.
Jessy Parker Humphreys