David Bowie has shared ‘Lazarus’, the second track to be revealed from his January 2016 album ‘Blackstar’, ahead of the song’s official release tomorrow (December 18).
‘Blackstar’, Bowie’s 25th studio album, is set for release on his 69th birthday, on January 8 next year. It follows Bowie’s 2013 comeback album ‘The Next Day’.
Bowie premiered ‘Lazarus’ – a slow-moving, six-minute track that features in the recent Bowie stage production of the same name – on Steve Lemacq’s BBC 6 Music show this afternoon. Just before it received its first play, the lyrics for it were posted to his Facebook page and can be seen below.
The saxophone heard throughout matches a report from The Times earlier this year, who stated that Bowie had been recording at the Magic Shop studio in New York with local jazz musicians. However, Bowie’s team responded that there had been “inaccurate reporting on the sound and content of the album”. Listen to ‘Lazarus’ in full below:
Meanwhile, Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti recently said that the new record was in part inspired by rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Visconti said: “We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar,” Visconti said. “We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn’t do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock’n’roll.”