David Bowie Teases New Single, ‘Lazarus’
It's been almost a month since David Bowie released the bizarre short film for the title track from his upcoming album Blackstar (stylized as ★). The short film featured quite an interesting cast of characters from a dead astronaut, a female cult, human scarecrows, and a moss monster.
Now David Bowie is preparing to release his second single from Blackstar entitle "Lazarus," and he uploaded a short (as in 15 seconds short) teaser trailer for it early Monday morning (December 14). "Lazarus," according to Columbia Records' YouTube page, is coming on Thursday, December 17. The track, The Guardian reports, takes its name from the stage production that Bowie co-wrote with Enda Walsh, and it's the only track from Blackstar to be featured in the play.
Visually, the teaser trailer has little to offer aside from the static image of an eye and the various star shapes from the Blackstar album artwork/campaign. What the trailer does offer us, however, is a small snippet of the track's lyrics: "Look up here / I'm in heaven / I've got scars that can't be seen." These few lines alone paint an interesting picture of the full narrative to come, which seems to present heaven as something other than perfect.
"Lazarus" will make its world premiere on BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamaq show on December 17 and will be available digitally the following day. The cast of Lazarus will also perform the track this Thursday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (via Pitchfork).
Blackstar is scheduled for release on January 8 on Iso/RCA.
See Lady Gaga's Most Memorable Stage Costumes