April 09, 2016

David Bowie ‘I Can’t Give Everything Away’ Video Released


An animated visual interpretation of I Can’t Give Everything Away from David Bowie’s created by the album’s designer Jonathan Barnbrook has been unveiled.

Currently playlisted at BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, I Can’t Give Everything Away is the third single from Bowie’s 28th and final record, .

Released January 8, 2016, has since sold nearly 2 million copies globally, hitting #1 in more than 20 countries including the U.S., UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Barnbrook’s touching visualisation of I Can’t Give Everything Away is a tribute inspired by ’s closing number, created by someone who played an integral role in the album’s visual identity and presentation. 

“This is really a very simple little video that I wanted to be ultimately positive,” Barnbrook says. “We start off in black and white world of , but in the final chorus we move to brilliant colour, I saw it as a celebration of David, to say that despite the adversity we face, the difficult things that happen such as David’s passing, that human beings are naturally positive, they look forward and can take the good from the past and use it as something to help with the present. We are a naturally optimistic species and we celebrate the good that we are given.”

Jonathan Barnbrook’s working relationship with David Bowie stretches back to the art of 2002’s Heathen, which featured a prototype of the Barnbrook-designed Priori font. His work with Bowie would continue to include the covers of 2003’s Reality and 2013’s The Next Day, as well as the graphics for the V&A touring exhibition David Bowie is.

With many thanks to Noise 11 

Blackstar: Album Cover for Latest David Bowie Album Forms Galactic Pattern in Sunlight, Fans Say


David Bowie's last album Blackstar was described as his 'parting gift' to his fans – and it certainly seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. It has been revealed that David had one last trick up his sleeve for all those who bought the record, which has only just come to light.

The album cover for Blackstar contains a black-shaped star on the front, and a fan has discovered that if you leave the sleeve in the sun, that star then transforms into a galaxy of shining stars; once the light source is removed, the stars fade away.

The news of the secret album art work was first revealed on the popular picture sharing site imgur, when the user posted a photo of the sleeve, writing alongside: "A friend discovered that if you expose the Blackstar gatefold to sunlight a star field appears. What a beautiful secret."

No has been more delighted, or thrilled, about the discovery of the hidden message than David's son Duncan Jones. In a heartfelt tweet, he wrote: "Leaving us surprises even now. So clever. So missed."

David's 25th studio album, which came out on 8 January - his 69th birthday, and just two days before his death - was the first that did not feature his photo on the cover. It has been the best-selling vinyl of the past year, beating Adele's hit record 25.

Shortly after David's death, his long-serving producer Tony Visconti confirmed that Blackstar was deliberately created as a "parting gift" for Bowie fans. "His death was no different from his life - a work of Art," he said. "He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift."

Sources for information and pictures here and here.

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