MUSIC NEWS - Electro pop and industrial music pioneer Gary Numan will release 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' on October 15, 2013, his first new studio album in over seven years. A long-time advocate of artist independence, 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)', will be released on Numan's own label Machine Music. Numan co-produced this set, his 20th studio album with long-time collaborator and producer Ade Fenton. It also features guitar work from Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck.
The album was recorded in England and completed at Numan's home studio in Los Angeles, CA, following his permanent move to the USA at the end of 2012. Numan's influence has been recognized by a wide array of the world's greatest artists-from Prince to Lady Gaga, Jack White to Kanye West; Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Foo Fighters to Nine Inch Nails, many of who have collaborated with Numan and covered or sampled tracks from his vast music catalog.
While Numan's unique, pioneering music style continues to connect with fans, he has never stopped trying to innovate and his latest album is proof of his desire to never standstill. 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' is Numan's first full-length studio album since 2006's 'Jagged', but the seven-year wait between albums was not something Numan intended.
After the critically acclaimed reception of 'Jagged' he intended to promptly follow-up the album with 'Splinter'; having announced the title of the record many years ago as his next project. But plans for the release of the album constantly changed as Numan went through periods where he found it impossible to write due to a crippling lack of self-confidence brought on by severe bouts of deep depression.
Despite this dark time Numan continued to tour, including being personally invited by super-fan Trent Reznor to join Nine Inch Nails during their set to perform several of his own songs including 'Cars' and 'Metal', which NIN had previously covered, on the band's 2009 'Wave Goodbye' tour. Numan also managed to co-write the single 'My Machines' with Battles, and Numan's music continued to stay in
the spotlight thanks to bands such as Jack White's The Dead Weather covering the classic 'Are 'Friends' Electric?'.
But for all his success over the years, like many artists, Numan has never felt confident of his talents and during the making of 'Splinter' he would constantly throw out ideas and begin over again and again. But Numan wasn't only contending with completing new music, his personal life was full too, with a much publicized move to a new home in Los Angeles with wife Gemma and their three young daughters.
Numan's permanent relocation to the USA has reinvigorated his creativity and had an immediate positive effect, with 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' eventually being finished in his LA studio at the start of 2013. The album features 12 tracks ranging from the classic Numan melodies and vocal delivery of 'I Am Dust' to slower velocity anthems such as 'Where I Can Never Be' and the orchestral
strings of 'The Calling'.
Carefully curating the talents of guitarist Robin Finck to add a rich, eastern texture on several tracks, Numan ensured that 'Splinter' is most definitely an electronic album. Right from the start, it's thrilling to hear Numan's voice, almost unchanged from his early years-set against a backdrop of cold, dark electronics. And there's both a real edge and sense of urgency to the new material, in the whiplash choruses and thundering bass lines of 'Everything Comes Down To This' and 'Love Hurt Bleed'. There's also a lingering sense of pain and isolation. 'My Last Day' and 'Lost' are two of his finest songs, an aching sense of loss communicated with a signature directness showcases his unique writing capabilities. While 'We're The Unforgiven' and the title-track enrich the sound with odd hooks and Arabian riffs in a dark escapism from some of the more personal lyrics on the album.
'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' will be released in North America on October 15 with his tour dates beginning in August and running through November, including appearances as the special guest on the upcoming Nine Inch Nails arena tour at the personal invitation of Trent Reznor.
Track listing for 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)':
1. I Am Dust
2. Here In The Black
3. Everything Comes Down To This
4. The Calling
7. Love Hurt Bleed
8. A Shadow Falls On Me
9. Where I Can Never Be
10. We're The Unforgiven
11. Who Are You
12. My Last Day
GARY NUMAN North America 2013 Tour Itinerary-
28 - Ace Of Spades, SACRAMENTO, CA
29 - WOW Hall, EUGENE, OR
30 - Fortune Sound Club, VANCOUVER, BC
31 - Bumbershoot Festival, SEATTLE, WA
01 - Wonder Ballroom, PORTLAND, OR
03 Metro Opera House, OAKLAND, CA
04 The Observatory, SANTA ANA, CA
25 - The Masquerade, ATLANTA, GA
26 - Mountain Oasis Festival, ASHEVILLE, NC
27 - Black Cat, WASHINGTON, DC
29 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg, BROOKLYN, NY
30 - w/NIN @ BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
31 - w/NIN @ Amway Center, Orlando, FL