Ever since David Bowie returned to the music scene with the release of The Next Day last month, everybody has been talking about the star (not that they didn’t before). Even though everyone else has stuff to say, Bowie himself has kept quiet. The Thin White Duke has not said a word in public or made any kind of appearance in support of the album. But when The Rumpus’ Rick Moody asked Bowie to give a “work flow diagram” for his new album, Bowie actually had some words. In fact, he had 42. Bowie had this to say:
Effigies, Indulgences, Anarchist, Violence, Chthonic, Intimidation, Vampyric, Pantheon, Succubus, Hostage, Transference, Identity, Mauer, Interface, Flitting, Isolation, Revenge, Osmosis, Crusade, Tyrant, Domination, Indifference, Miasma, Pressgang, Displaced, Flight, Resettlement, Funereal, Glide, Trace, Balkan, Burial, Reverse, Manipulate, Origin, Text, Traitor, Urban, Comeuppance, Tragic, Nerve, Mystification
Yes, Bowie had a mouthful. And Moody went on to praise the artist’s latest work, saying, “The Next Day is the unlikeliest masterpiece of the recent popular song, the best album by an otherwise retired classic rock artist in many, many years.”
Elmore’s own Kevin Korber also had praise for the album, calling it “a strangely introspective album that rocks a lot harder than some of us expected Bowie could at this point in his career.”
So what else is Bowie up to—besides giving 42-word statements on his work? Bowie was recently spotted in New York City with actor Gary Oldman. They were on the set for Bowie’s new music video. We’re not quite sure what they’re planning, but both men were dressed in religious garb.
As we wait to find out what Bowie’s got in store for us, check out The Next Day and don’t forget to read the rest of Kevin Korber’s review in the May/June issue of Elmore, out in stores now.