Earlier this year, Sony used a new remix of David Bowie’s “Sound And Vision,” from his 1977 undisputed-classic album Low, in an ad for their new Xperia Z smartphone. Remixer Sonjay Prabhakar reworked the song from its original tapes, stripping it down to nothing more than voice and piano. And enough people liked the ad that an extended (though still less than two-minute) version of the remix is out on the internet now. It’s weird hearing Berlin-era Bowie get the unplugged treatment, since the prophetic use of studio-sound was a huge part of what made those records important. But “Sound And Vision” is a song with a certain uncanny power, and it loses none of it in this context. Listen to the extended remix and watch the ad below.
The “Sound And Vision 2013″ digital single is out now.