by Kimberley Dadds / Daily Mail
26th February 2013
He released his first music video in a decade on Tuesday morning.
But while David Bowie’s fans excitedly watch the edgy six-minute clip for The Stars (Are Out Tonight), from his forthcoming album, The Next Day, David has been taking it all in his stride.
The pop enigma stepped out in New York on Monday, just hours before he let the public see his work of art for the new video.
And while he stunned fans by making his big music comeback, he still seems intent on keeping his life low key in the meantime.
The 66-year-old went for an inconspicuous look as he made his way around the Big Apple, trying to remain incognito.
Seeming like he didn’t have a care in the world, he disguised himself in a black flat cap and sunglasses.
Keeping warm, David wrapped up in jeans and a big bomber jacket with a green scarf tucked in, while wearing stripey blue gloves to keep his hands toasty.
Off duty: While his fans go crazy for his new music and video, David has been taking it in his stride by enjoying some down time in New York
He firstly wandered around SoHo, before people watching and letting the world go by as he looked pensive and leaned against a lamp post in the middle of the streams of pedestrians wandering past.
Keeping his man bag resting across his shoulders diagonally, Bowie could have passed for anybody rather than a rocker making his big comeback.
Just hours later fans were treated to seeing his music video for his track.
Starring Tilda Swinton as the 66-year-old star’s fictional wife, the edgy six-minute video sees the happily-married pair’s world torn apart by a menacing celebrity couple, played by androgynous models, Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw.
Initially, the Oscar-winning actress portrays a typical 50s housewife, complete with a perfect set of curls and a powder pink coat.
But as the story unravels, she slowly transforms into an androgynous being – bearing an uncanny resemblance to Bowie himself in his youth – and at one stage, even plants a tender kiss on the musician.
Directed by filmmaker Floria Sigismondi – best known as writer/director of Kristen Stewart film rock biopic The Runaways – and shot by Jeff Cronenweth, the story is said to ‘capture a twenty first century moment in its convergence of age, gender and the normal/celebrity divide’.
The video continues the overriding theme of introspection that emerged from Bowie’s comeback single Where Are We Now.
An older, married and content Bowie – much like he is in real life, has happily shut the door on the flamboyance of his past – but while he has publicly retired his past incarnations, it’s clear that he now accepts he can never really escape his past or his musical legacy.
Many fans had given up hope of Bowie ever recording again after he appeared to retreat from the public eye, with some fleeting performances in 2006.
His unexpected new release Where Are We Now, reached number six in the UK charts.
The forthcoming album The Next Day has claimed the top spot on 17 countries iTunes Store Top 10 Albums charts, Including the UK, France, Germany and Canada.
Scheduled for March 12 release, The Next Day has also made the top ten lists in five other countries including the US, Japan and Australia.
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) is released digitally on Tuesday