This is David Bowie at his brilliant, bewildering, bedazzling best. The airy guitar hook channels long summers and happy evenings. It’s so catchy, that Bowie doesn’t really sing for the first 2/3 of the song. Doesn’t need too!
When he does, it’s striking – deep, inscrutable, and timeless. And, when you listen to the lyrics, you find they clash in tone with the instrumental. It’s about becoming a recluse after years of drug abuse.
“Sound & Vision” was released in 1977 on Low, one of his legendary ‘Berlin Trilogy’ albums. The second half of the album is a daring electronic exploration, but the first side contains several interesting little nuggets like this.