David Bowie – ‘Lazarus’ music video

This music video for 'Lazarus' directed by Johan Renck

The official music video for ‘Lazarus’, featuring a shorter edit of the song lasting just over four minutes, was uploaded on 7 January 2016 to Bowie’s Vevo channel on YouTube. The video was directed by Johan Renck, who also directed the music video for Bowie’s previous single, ‘Blackstar‘. It was shot during November 2015 in a studio in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The video is shown in a 1:1 aspect ratio and prominently features Bowie, appearing with a bandage and buttons sewn over his eyes as in the ‘Blackstar’ video, lying on a deathbed.

The video finishes with Bowie retreating into a dark wardrobe. In the scenes featuring the wardrobe, Bowie is wearing a diagonally striped suit referencing the back cover of the 1991 CD reissue of the ‘Station to Station’ album, where he is pictured sitting on the floor drawing the kabbalistic Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is also referenced in the lyrics of the song ‘Station to Station‘: “a magical movement from Kether to Malkuth”.