david bowie producer says new material is coming and it's really good
Tony Visconti is working with Bowie's family to unearth the unreleased tracks.
A few days after David Bowie's death on January 10, his longtime producer Tony Visconti suggested that the late legend had planned on releasing at least one more album — an album for which he had already recorded five demo tracks. Needless to say, the possibility of a posthumous release was welcome news for Bowie's millions of mourning fans. Visconti has now confirmed that he's in talks with Bowie's management to locate the secret material, and that the five demo tracks are only the tip of the iceberg.
"I think it's logical that, over the next few years, you're going to hear a lot of stuff that you haven't heard before," Visconti told the Evening Standard. "I'm in talks with his management and his label — there's going to be some great Bowie stuff coming out." The testament to the material's greatness is evidently a no-brainer. "I haven't heard those songs yet," Visconti reveals of the five tracks he produced. "I might actually have to help his managerial company to find them. I have an idea where he might have recorded them, but there is also a lot of unreleased material from many albums."
While the treasure hunt continues, the first posthumous Bowie release is likely to be a boxset in the style of 2015's Five Years. But hungry fans should get a first listen of unheard material as soon as next month, when the Bowie episode of BBC4's The People's History of Pop airs in July. A BBC spokeswoman confirmed to NME last month: "The program is still being made, but we can confirm that there will be some rare and special Bowie material in it." Producer Danny Baker, who was given access to the unreleased vault of music by Bowie biographer Kevin Cann, tweeted that this material would probably include a demo of the 1961 #1 "Space Oddity" with alternative lyrics plus an R-rated version of 1967 comedy tune "The Laughing Gnome."
Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Jimmy King