Hear a Preview of David Bowie’s Suspenseful New Song ‘Blackstar’
David Bowie is set to release his new album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, Jan. 8. The forthcoming LP’s title track will appear in the title sequence for the new TV series, The Last Panthers, which will make its premiere on Thursday (Nov. 12). Now, a longer excerpt of the song has surfaced in the latest trailer for the Sky Atlantic series.
It’s a two-minute, suspense-filled and largely instrumental piece, fitting of the NSFW clip for the dark U.K. drama. Check it out above. The Last Panthers director Johan Renck discussed his collaboration with Bowie on the song in a statement to Rolling Stone:
I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were in at the time, and he liked what he saw very much. We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws. We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature. He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board I had just made for the title sequence -- images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald. That's when he said go -- it all fits. Then he played me his new song 'Blackstar.'
Bowie will release the single in full on Nov. 20.