After releasing the slow-moving, painful (in a good way) video for the ballad "Where Are We Now?", David Bowie has given us his second video for the single "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"; both of these songs will be on his new record, The Next Day, to be released on March 12. While we found certain elements of the first Bowie track to be unfulfilling, "The Stars" really delivers. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, it's a narrative video about a couple, David Bowie and Tilda Swinton (only in our wildest dreams), and begins with a little acting from the two of them, where we realize that Bowie is horrible at faking it. It follows the couple through their suburban, boring life, which they find is overrun by the desire to be a part of celebrity culture. Thus, "the stars."
It's sort of a literal take of the song, but it works because it acts like a short film—just as the golden days of music videos did—and it's beautifully colored. There are also boobs at one point, so beware of that. No word yet if Bowie will be touring behind this album, and we shall wait with bated breath every day until the announcement.