David Bowie has released new music for the first time in a decade.
The prolific singer-songwriter has released the single "Where Are We Now?" which will be featured on his upcoming album, "The Next Day." The song is available on iTunes, and the music video is available on Bowie’s recently relaunched website, Reuters reported.
"Where Are We Now?" which was produced by Tony Visconti, revisits Bowie’s time spent in Berlin in the 1970s, according to the news wire service.
The New York Daily News noted that around 1977 Bowie recorded such enigmatic records such as “Heroes” and “Low” when Berlin was still divided by a wall. The accompanying music video for "Low" features clips of a divided Germany, as it was then seen by Bowie.
The album art for "The Next Day" is based on the cover art for “Heroes.”
According to Reuters, reactions to the new song have been mixed so far, though most critics have responded favorably.
David Smyth, of London's Evening Standard, suggested that Bowie deciding to release new music now, when many had considered that he may have retired from music, seems quite strategic on the singer’s part.
"Plenty of veteran musicians are masters of the cunning trick of staying away just long enough for every comeback to be hailed as a return to form, regardless of its true quality," he wrote.
"Bowie's new song, 'Where Are We Now?' is free of such bluster -- it's gentle, elegiac and stunningly beautiful."
Fans happily took to Twitter with the hangtags #Bowie and #DavidBowie upon news that "The Next Day" will be released on March 8 in Australia and on March 12 in the U.S.
Bowie’s label, Columbia Records, released a statement about his new song and album, calling "Where Are We Now?" a “treasure” that appeared “as if out of nowhere.”
"Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary," the record label said.
The singer’s last album, “Reality,” was released in 2003.
David Bowie celebrates his 66th birthday today.