Song: Where Are We Now?
Artist: David Bowie
A poignant tune from Bowie and certainly the most restrained and introspective track from his fierce return to form, 2013’s The Next Day.
Where Are We Now? is a deeply personal rumination of what it felt like when the Berlin wall fell in 1989 and a comparison to how the same pivotal city feels a quarter century on. There is a sweet frailty and fatalism to this elegant reverie - amid subtle, veiled hints of something more hauntingly enigmatic. Fantastic official release video too, laced with vivid symbolism and historical footage; above all, there’s the 66 year-old iconoclast as one of a pair of wizened, immobilized puppets, his face only occasionally synching with the songs narrative: it's mesmerizing... and infinitely creepy.