Creepy new song from David Bowie – “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” – probably the best thing he’s done in 35 years. It feels like a jittery jazz score from a ’60s neo-noir movie. Very lush, but very… tense. The video, directed by Tom Hingston and Jimmy King, was filmed in London and New York, and features Bowie and the Maria Schneider Orchestra recording the track in the studio, superimposed over a dark, smoke-filled city.
From Rolling Stone:
Over a track cut with bustling percussion and horns that warble and wail, Bowie bellows the tale of a husband and wife whose mundane life deteriorates amidst distrust. As the song builds, the video grows more chaotic and creepy, with numerous shots featuring the silhouette of a figure simply standing in this fallen world. After a succession of lights pierce through a window, Bowie hits the song’s climax and conjures a scene that would make Raymond Chandler proud: “Sue, I’ve pushed you down beneath the weeds / Hopeless fate in hopeless deeds.”