Almost four years after the release of his last studio album, Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind); a record that saw his highest charting position in 22 years, Gary Numan is back. Today he previews ‘My Name Is Ruin‘, the first track to be taken from new album, Savage: Songs From a Broken World.
Receiving some much deserved critical acclaim (something unfairly absent over decade before) Splinter beckoned the light of appreciation to shine once again on the electro pioneer. However, don’t think his influence ever just extends to electronic music; put simply, he needs to have a space at the top table of all time influential contemporary musicians (basically, he’s not just the guy who did ‘Cars’, damnit!). As a result of Splinter’s success, there’s a wave of anticipation surrounding his upcoming new record; a wave that extends beyond just the dedicated Numanoid fan base.
Savage, due for release in September, sees Numan move from themes of inner reflection as seen on Splinter, outwards to the (not too distant) future of our world. For an artist whose early work seemed fascinated with the future, technology, and specifically the idea of Technicism (an idea which sees mankind puts its unwavering faith and chance of survival in the hands of technology), Savage appears to reveal a very different kind of future; one where climate chaos and religious differences have brought about the end of our idea of civilization, technology and all.
The first track to be released from the record, ‘My Name Is Ruin’, is typically menacing and dark; it affirms the long-held belief that no one paints a picture of a dark future like Numan. Like an industrial march on the deserts of fallen cities, this is an uncompromising and pulsating sonic vision of what our might future hold. Complete with memorable synth hook and reverberant, ethereal backing vocals (beautifully provided by Numan’s 11-year-old daughter Persia), this is very much from the same sonic soundscape which made Splinter so worthwhile. However, there’s an added eastern influence throughout; delicately layered within Numan’s signature brooding electro intensity.
Take a listen, below.
Savage: Songs From A Broken World will be released on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFiT formats on September 15th, via BMG. ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the album.
You can also catch Numan on tour in the UK this July and October including a headline show at London’s Brixton Academy on October 14th. See full dates, below.
Gary Numan 2017 UK Dates
27/07 – Liverpool, Clarence Dock
28/07 – Hull, Welly Club
29/07 – Leamington Spa, The Assembly
30/07 – Hertfordshire, Standon Calling
30/09 – Cardiff, Tramshed
02/10 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
03/10 – Leeds, O2 Academy
05/10 – Bristol, Colston Hall
06/10 – Oxford, O2 Academy
07/10 – Nottingham, Rock City
09/10 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
10/10 – Glasgow, O2 ABC
11/10 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
13/10 – Manchester, Academy
14/10 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
16/10 – Brighton, Dome
17/10 – Norwich, UEA
18/10 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion