Electro pioneer Gary Numan will return with his first album of original material in seven years, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), on October 15th via his own Machine Music label. It marks the proper follow-up to 2006’s Jagged as Numan’s 2011 release, Dead Son Rising, was comprised of rehashed demos.
The album was recorded in Numan’s home studio in Los Angeles with producer Ade Fenton, and features contributions from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck. According to a press release, the 12-track album is full of “classic Numan melodies and vocal delivery,” referencing industrial and Arabian influences alongside his most personal lyrics to date.
Numan first announced plans for Splinter shortly after the release of Jagged in 2006. But after bouts with writer’s block and severe depression, not to mention the birth of three daughters, he put the album on hold. Thanks to a recent uptick in activity, including opening up for Nine Inch Nails for a string of tour U.S. dates and collaborating with Battles on the Gloss Drop track “My Machines”, Numan found the creative spark necessary to finish writing and recording the album earlier this year. Numan spoke extensively with Stereogum about the album’s arduous recording process.
As the lead single, Numan’s release album opener “I Am Dust”. No doubt mirroring the emotional storm Numan’s weathered, the track begins with the malevolent shrieks of mangled drums and synth, eventually reaching levels comparable to the roar of some ancient leviathan. But amid all the darkness, Numan’s haunted wail breaks through, sounding as fresh and resilient as ever even as the maelstrom threatens to swallow him. It’s just another reminder that despite his up’s and down’s of the last half-plus-decade, Numan won’t go down without a fight.
Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) Tracklist:
01. I Am Dust
02. Here In The Black
03. Everything Comes Down To This
04. The Calling
07. Love Hurt Bleed
08. A Shadow Falls On Me
09. Where I Can Never Be
10. We’re The Unforgiven
11. Who Are You
12. My Last Day
Gary Numan 2013 Tour Dates:
08/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
08/29 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
08/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
08/31 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
09/01 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
09/03 – Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
09/04 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/26 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/27 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/30 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center *
10/31 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center *
* = w/ Nine Inch Nails