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Sat Nov 29 03:08:39 SAST 2014

Bowie teams up with actress Swinton for edgy new video

Sapa-AFP | 27 February, 2013 08:44
1974: David Bowie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Image by: Picture: REDFERNS

David Bowie shares an on-screen kiss with British actress Tilda Swinton in the video for his latest single released this week.

In the promo for The Stars (Are Out Tonight), the British rock icon and Oscar winner Swinton play a staid husband and wife whose domestic bliss is destroyed by a celebrity couple.

Bowie also comes face to face with his younger self, played by Norwegian model Iselin Steiro who is seen dressed as Bowie in the late-1970s look he adopted for the sleeve of his album Low.

The video is directed by Floria Sigismondi, who made Bowie's Little Wonder video 17 years ago.

It accompanies the second single to be taken from The Next Day, his first album of new material for a decade which is to be released next month.

Bowie surprised the music world by breaking a decade-long musical silence in January when he unveiled a new single, Where Are We Now? to coincide with his 66th birthday -- his first release since the 2003 studio album Reality.

While rumours swirled that the musician was suffering from health problems and had retired with his wife and daughter in New York, Bowie was actually returning to the studio.

Bringing with him his long-term collaborator Tony Visconti - producer of 12 of his 24 albums - Bowie secretly began work on the new album already two years ago.

In an interview in NME, Visconti described the making of the singer's texts. "David reads a lot and his fascination with a subject does end up in a few songs. When you're just about to bite into your sandwich at lunch, he'll talk about Russian history, British history, old battles, kings and queens, Roman emperors... But everything David writes is a metaphor for something else."

Britain's Independent newspaper said that with The Next Day album "the Starman pulls off the greatest comeback album in rock'n'roll history".

The Guardian described it as "thought-provoking, strange and filled with great songs", adding that the cover features the very same image as that on his 1977 masterpiece Heroes: depicting a thin Bowie, but with the title redacted and a square hiding his face.

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