David Bowie kicked off his 66th birthday celebration with the announcement of a new album, The Next Day, due to hit shelves in March. Also released today: the album’s first single, “Where Are We Now?” – marking the first time since 2003 that the famously elusive Bowie finally has debuted new material.
“Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie…[he’s] the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants,” Columbia Records, Bowie’s label, said in a statement.
The ballad, available on iTunes, is nostalgic of Bowie’s Berlin days—where he created some of his most groundbreaking music in the 1970s – and is accompanied by a video where the pop rock and style icon appears pensive amidst black and white footage of the German city.
Bowie’s re-emergence comes shortly before a major retrospective of his career debuts at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition opens March 23, right before the album’s predicted release, and will run until July 28.