David Bowie has revealed details of his 25th studio album, which will be called ‘Blackstar’, and is expected on his 69th birthday, January 8 (2016).
The Times has reported details of the new release today (October 24), with the paper describing the work as possibly his “oddest yet” and “completely bonkers”. German electro pioneers Kraftwerk are referenced as a point of comparison, along with jazz influences.
2013 release ‘The Next Day’ marked Bowie’s return after a ten-year recording absence, while he recently released new music in the form of a TV theme, for the show ‘The Last Panthers’. The track used on ‘The Last Panthers’ will become the lead single.
The 45-minute album ‘Blackstar’ will contain just seven tracks, and was recorded at The Magic Shop in New York City with a group of jazz musicians.
The title track will have a running time of ten minutes, and The Times reports that Bowie will decline to provide a radio edit, instead presenting the single as ‘all or nothing’. It contains “Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps, and Bowie’s distinctive vocal.” The track will be released as the lead single from the album on November 19.
It doesn’t look likely that a tour will follow the album, however, as two weeks ago, it was reported that Bowie has “retired from touring”.
Bowie has released a series of re-issues over the past year, including a large box set spanning 1969-1973 and a number of 7″ singles in special edition.
He is also co-writing a stage show based on ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, entitled Lazarus, which will feature Dexter star Michael C Hall and is also expected to contain new Bowie tracks.
Speaking of the musical, director Michel Vanhove described the new Bowie songs involved as follows:
“Some of the songs sound as if you have heard them forever – like classics… There are romantic songs – because his songs are deeply romantic – and there are songs about violence and the ugly world surrounding us. That’s what these new songs are about.”