ARTICLE PATRIK SANDBERG
BOWIE RETURNS WITH A ROCK AND ROLL ANTHEM FOR THE AGES IN A STUNNING NEW VIDEO WITH TILDA SWINTON, ANDREJ PEJIC, SASKIA DE BRAUW, AND ISELIN STEIRO
"We have a nice life," Tilda Swinton purs into David Bowie's ear in the supermarket. David gazes wistfully at a celebrity couple wreaking havoc on the cover of Pantheon Weekly, this particular surreality's tabloid of choice, wishing for a life of comparable excitement. Another choice headline: "ALIEN LIVES NEXTDOOR" with an accompanying photograph of Bowie from The Man Who Fell to Earth.
It's but another instance of self-reflection from the enigmatic Mr. Jones, who acutely references his classic 1977 Heroes record sleeve on the META cover of his new LP, The Next Day. But then again, if you're David Bowie, to ignore your past body of work would be nothing short of apocryphal—why wouldn't he take an opportunity to play with his own identity, as he's long been championed for doing through fashion, makeup, songwriting, alter-egos, cinema, and even sexuality?
This time, Bowie plays an unassuming citizen in the Floria Sigismondi-directed clip for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," with Swinton as his ultra-suburban campily dressed hausfrau. Bowie's obsession with a pair of celebrities, played by models Andrej Pejic and Saskia de Brauw, haunts him as they literally stalk him around the neighborhood and infiltrate his dreams. In perhaps the most magnetic and poignant role in the video, model Iselin Steiro portrays a young, feminine androgyne version of the superstar (complete with different colored irises), watching the couple's suburban reality with a sense of creeping terror, and at one point dueting with David through a closed door.
It's pretty crazy stuff, and from the way the Internet reacted around 2AM last night when it crept stealthily onto music sites, it's the ultimate (and overdue) return we've all been desperately dreaming of.
Watch the video above.