David Bowie Is in Danger on New Single “Lazarus”
On Monday (December 14), David Bowie teased another new track from his upcoming album ★, pronounced Blackstar, called "Lazarus." The track shares a name with the off-Broadway musical that Bowie co-wrote with Enda Walsh, which will run until January 20th at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Bowie posted the full audio for "Lazarus" to his YouTube page yesterday (December 17) with a slightly modified still image from his initial trailers. The updated image now announces the release of the track's official music video, which is January 7, 2016—one day before he is set to drop ★.
At over six minutes long, "Lazarus" shares the same epic narrative and musical qualities as Bowie's previous single "Blackstar." It also finds him drawing on similar alternative jazz sounds to craft a song that is charmingly off-kilter.
"Lazarus" opens with a minute-long instrumental intro, sporting sultry yet dark saxophones and sparse drum beats. The track's opening lines are the same as those from the first teaser trailer: "Look up here, I'm in heaven / I've got scars that can't be seen." From this heavenly vantage point, Bowie declares "Everybody knows me now."
But heaven isn't exactly a safe haven, a fact that Bowie makes abundantly clear as soon as he begins the second verse: "Look up here, man, I'm in danger / I've got nothing left to lose / I'm so high, it makes my brain whirl / Dropped my cell phone down below / Ain't that just like me?"
While "Lazarus" doesn't have a traditional chorus, the lyrics from Bowie's second teaser clip pack enough of an emotional release to serve as a proper substitute. From heaven to New York, Bowie can't seem to catch a break, fresh out of money and "looking for your ass."
The remainder of the track focuses on that same sultry saxophone as Bowie repeats the lines, "Oh, I'll be free / Just like that bluebird / Oh, I'll be free / Ain't that just like me?" until the music fades.
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