Woke up this morning to a new David Bowie song! Or, at least part of one.
It’s called “Blackstar” and it’s the theme for The Last Panthers, a crime drama on Great Britain’s Sky Atlantic. So far, all we’ve got is the minute-long sample (via the show’s opening credits).
On Bowie’s official Facebook page, director Johan Renck described how the legendary musician’s early impression of the show urged him to contribute the track:
I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were 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.
The six-part series premieres on November 12 in Europe on Sky Atlantic at 9 PM.