The eclectic David Bowie is at it again with a wonderfully bizarre new music video for his new single "Lazarus," which appears on his upcoming studio album Blackstar.
In the new clip, Bowie appears in a hospital bed with gauze wrapped around his head, with two buttons for eyes. He sings the song, which was released late last year, as he's somewhat awakened during the course of the emotional track.
The jazz-inspired song takes some unexpected cues from rapper Kendrick Lamar, as with most of the other songs on the album, but Lamar wasn't the only high-profile influence. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy was also involved in the project, playing the percussion on two tracks.
The video's director, Johan Renck, who had also previously directed Bowie's recent equally-bizarre 10-minute short for the album, discussed his interpretation of the track, both mentally and visually, in a press release.
“One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice," Renck stated. "Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound... I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I’ve basically touched the sun."
Blackstar, which was recorded at New York City's Magic Shop studio, will serve as a follow-up to the icon's 2013 album The Next Day. While it will hit stores Jan. 8 via ISO/Columbia Records on the singer's 69th birthday nonetheless, it is also currently available for pre-order via iTunes, where you will get an instant download of the lead single.
As it stands, David Bowie does not currently have any plans to take his show on the road in 2016.