EP Review | David Bowie – No Plan

RIP / SOUNDS GREAT

It’s crazy that it’s been an entire year since David Bowie ascended into the great dimension in the sky. I vividly remember hearing Blackstar for the first time and being caught in a trance at what would become Bowie’s swansong, and his final chance to perplex and astound the masses one last time. His death was mourned by millions across the globe, and while we can look back fondly over a ridiculously diverse and glorious discography, it’s always going to be a little sad knowing that this world has lost its touch of Stardust.

No Plan is the first posthumous release and features four songs all collected from the Blackstar sessions, including Lazarus from Blackstar and was originally a part of the distorted Lazarus musical. One thing that’s for certain is that Bowie knew how to capture the minds of us all even after his presence has faded. A title like that just references the context that immediately shrouded Blackstar into another level of meta-esque eeriness, and much like the album’s lyrical content, the themes projected throughout this EP add to the context further.

Bowie’s sound for his final record was one that danced around avant-garde electronic and jazz themes. It was a perfect choice as it added something new to his list of genres conquered and threw a new spin to his elements, and allowed for some of the most original instrumentals to be created. No Plan EP is no different, as the likes of the dreamy ‘No Plan’ swoons from the heavenly sounds of the piano and spirals sharply into the looming sounds of the saxophone frequently.

‘Killing a Little Time’ lets loose with a rampant guitar section complete with frantic drums that immediately creates a hellish atmosphere. Bowie’s vocals are fuelled with anger as they deliver an eerie chorus of “I’m choking man, I’m fading man…” which only builds up this nightmarish tune.

Fortunately the EP closes out with something a little light-hearted as the love-stained ‘When I Met You’ features the guitar strums and basslines of classic Bowie. This simple instrumental provides a harkback to the poppier side of Bowie’s music, and a nice reminder of just how decorated and well-versed his career has been. No Plan is a superb EP of additional cuts and one that allows the legacy of David Bowie to continue to astound us all.

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